Faculty Advisor

Jasperson, Stephen N.

Faculty Advisor

Keil, Thomas H.

Abstract

Fuel cells offer clean energy by using hydrogen gas to produce electrical energy. Their limiting factor is that they use hydrogen gas, which must be produced by some alternate energy source. We investigated measures to enhance hydrogen production by irradiating an electrolysis unit with gamma rays. The experiments use an electrolysis cell and two gamma ray sources: Cs137 and a nuclear reactor. The objective was to compare the hydrogen gas production rates of the electrolysis cell exposed to these sources to the production rate with no irradiation. We observed a 19% increased rate with irradiation by Cs137 and 7% with the WPI reactor (with an experimental uncertainty of approximately 5% in both cases).

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Physics

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