This project calls for the design and implementation of a power source of 20 kW and 600 V. The power source will serve several functions in the labs at Atlantic Hydrogen Inc. (AHI), chief among which is to create thermal CC plasma with current control capability. The source will consist of a static converter that converts alternating current into direct current (AC-DC), a tri-phased transformer to reduce tension throughout the network and ensure galvanic isolation, several transducers (current, tension), control circuits, and a dedicated digital processor.
This internship project has been initiated to support an emerging technology for hydrogen production that is being developed by Atlantic Hydrogen, a Fredericton, NB-based company conducting research into a technology to produce hydrogen from natural gas without the generation of greenhouse gases. This emerging technology produces nanoscale carbon as a mixture of carbon nanotubes, Fullerenes and amorphous carbon. This research will develop methods to separate the highly valuable nanotubes and Fullerenes from the amorphous carbon.
Non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasmas have been studied for a variety of industrial applications such as pollution control, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) removal, car exhaust emission control and polymer surface treatment. For decades, non-thermal plasmas have been used to generate ozone for water purification. Non-thermal plasmas may be produced by a variety of electric discharges or electron beams. The basic feature of these technologies is that they produce plasmas in which the majority of the electrical energy goes into the production of energetic electrons.