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dc.contributorTanya Depass, Francisco Ruiz
dc.contributor.authorRomero Zabaleta, Jorge
dc.description.abstractSeveral methods to recover zinc from zinc oxide are reviewed and are put in the context of Zinc-Air Fuel Cells (ZAFC) feasibility to power electric vehicles (EVs). These methods can be classified in two groups: electrowinning and carbothermal. Electrowinning methods are based on electrolysis, have been employed since decades in the conventional zinc production and are found to be very convenient for this application if the electricity needed is generated from renewable sources. Carbothermal methods are recent but have great potential, especially the SOLZINC process where biomass-based carbon feedstock is used to lower the operating temperature and reduce energy losses. Finally, three fuel reprocessing and distribution models are analyzed: centralized, distributed and in-car model. Three stages to implement ZAFC recharging systems are identified, starting with centralized model due to economies of scale and ending in in-car reprocessing model due to its full potential to compete with existing and future plug-in EVs.
dc.publisherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
dc.publisherIllinois Institute of Technology
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria dels materials::Metal·lúrgia::Metal·lografia
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria química::Química física
dc.subject.lcshZinc oxide -- Recycling
dc.subject.lcshFuel cells
dc.subject.lcshElectric vehicles -- Batteries
dc.subject.lcshReduction (Chemistry)
dc.titlePreview of different technologies to obtain zinc from zinc oxide
dc.title.alternativeEstudio de diferentes tecnologias para la recuperación de Zinc a partir de Óxido de Zinc
dc.typeMaster thesis (pre-Bologna period)
dc.subject.lemacÒxid de zinc -- Reciclatge
dc.subject.lemacPiles de combustible
dc.subject.lemacVehicles elèctrics -- Bateries
dc.subject.lemacReducció química
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.audience.educationlevelEstudis de primer/segon cicle
dc.audience.mediatorEscola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona

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