Vol. 12, No.1, pp.12-14 (2018)

Development of a New Technology for Energy Storage Material Using Atmospheric-Pressure Plasma

S. Zen

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan


Recently, there is an increasing need for technology to store and transport unstable renewable energy in chemical energy due to environmental problems, depletion of fossil fuels and other factors. In this report, magnesium nitride (Mg3N2) is proposed as a new reusable chemical energy carrier. Mg3N2 is suitable for storage and transportation and reacts with water to produce NH3 as a hydrogen carrier. On the other hand, chemically active species generated by atmospheric pressure plasma have high chemical reactivity. Hence, the technique has been developed to synthesize Mg3N2 with a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) treatment.

Keywords - Atmospheric-pressure plasma, non-thermal plasma, dielectric barrier discharge, energy storage material

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