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Hydrogen

Biological hydrogen production using genetically engineered microorganisms

  • $1.10m

    ARENA Funding

  • $2.80m

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Advancing renewables

    Lead Organisation

    Macquarie University

    Start Date

    Aug 2018

    Project Partners

    Bioplatforms Australia Ltd, BOC Australia

    Location

    New South Wales

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation

Macquarie University

Start Date

Aug 2018

Project Partners

Bioplatforms Australia Ltd, BOC Australia

Location

New South Wales

Status

Current

Summary

The project will produce a bacteria that can efficiently and rapidly convert sugars from various renewable sources into hydrogen gas.

How the project works

The project will produce a bacterial strain that is optimised for converting glucose and other carbohydrates to hydrogen gas. The bacterial strains will also be optimised to produce the gas rapidly such that both rates and yields of hydrogen production are commercially viable. To move towards commercial scale the project will also develop a 2 L scale culture system that can produce and collect hydrogen gas in a safe and effective way.

Area of innovation

Hydrogen is an energy carrier as it is energy dense on a weight basis and produces zero emissions in hydrogen fuel cells. Thus production of hydrogen from a renewable carbohydrate is attractive as it is both carbon neutral and the carbohydrate may act as an efficient and safe storage mechanism if rates of hydrogen production from the carbohydrate are high enough.

Benefit

Hydrogen gas is a clean and efficient energy carrier that can be used as a fuel to produce electricity in hydrogen fuel cells as well as other energy applications. This project aims to provide a system for the cost effective and relatively rapid production of hydrogen from carbohydrate sources. This is a sustainable system of hydrogen production with no net impact on atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

Contact information

Professor Robert Willows

+61 03 9850 8146

robert.willows@mq.edu.au