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May 18

Harvesting Hydrogen from Farm Waste

Posted in Biofuels | Hydrogen Fuel | Waste to Energy

Biohydrogen The National Research Council of Canada’s Biotechnology Research Institute has begun research and development of a process that will extract hydrogen from organic waste materials like fermentable feedstock and manure. The materials are processed to hydrogen by dark and photofermentation. The goal is to “come up with biosystems that could be grouped into a multiple-stage process to capture almost all the hydrogen from the primary feedstock”. One dairy farm in Ontario is already producing power from manure using an anaerobic digester.

  • NRC Press Release
  • NRC Biotechnology Research Institute

  • Bob Wallace

    Is there an advantage from deriving hydrogen rather than another biogas from this waste? Do you get more usable energy, for example?

    The problems of containing and shipping hydrogen would have to be overridden by some advantage. Otherwise make something like methane and make life easier.

  • SADANANDA

    What is the lowest price of Hydrogen Fuel cell and what is its capacity

    ie. rating
    like Rated Voltage
    VA
    Max Out put

    Life
    Whether the this Hydrogen Fuel cell can be re-used or not?

    If so what is the cost?

    Where these cells are available in the market
    Provide list of suppliers

  • larry hagedon

    We have a chicken and egg conundrum. which do we develop first? Hydrogen production or fuel cells?

    It is too early in the development stage to worry too much about production costs of first generation hydrogen or fuel cells. That can come later.

    I am very interested in using hydrogen production as a part of a whole, perhaps as a means of dehydrating wastes for less expensive pyrolysis.

    Oxygen and CO2 are also valuable commodities that need to be captured for sale or further use.


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