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Haber process and power generation

  1. Sep 12, 2011 #1
    Is the Haber process ever used to generate electricity? I recognize that it's not an efficient means, because of the amount of energy needed to create H2 gas, but because the actual Haber process is exothermic and is less efficient once the temperature creeps above 400 degrees, why shouldn't it used to create power as a by-product?
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  3. Sep 12, 2011 #2


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    If doubt it will be effective, but I am more than sure heat evolving during reactions is not wasted. When the chemical installations are designed, energy balance is one of the most important things, as energy used is one of the things responsible for the final price of the product. Be sure engineers know when it makes sense to reuse heat evolving in the processes, and they know how to use it.
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