Energy storage capacity of reversible liquid-phase Diels Alder reaction between maleic anhydride and 2-methyl furan

Authors

  • B. G. Sparks,

    1. Chemical Engineering Department, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO 65401
    Current affiliation:
    1. CONOCO, Ponca City, OK 74601
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  • B. E. Poling

    Corresponding author
    1. Chemical Engineering Department, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO 65401
    • Chemical Engineering Department, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO 65401
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Abstract

Calorimetry was used to determine the heat of reaction and equilibrium constant at 318 K for the reaction between maleic anhydride (A) and 2-methyl furan (B). The values were −60 kJ/gmol and 614 cm3/gmol, respectively. The motivation for this work was to find a single phase-reacting system that could be used to store solar energy. Thus, the energy storage capacity was calculated for a mixture of A and B, both initially at 7 kmol/m3, in dioxane. The maximum apparent heat capacity of 7.37 J/cm3·K occurred at 334 K. This maximum value is 76% higher than the heat capacity of pure water.

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