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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Macquarie University


    New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables

  • Start Date

    August 2018



  • Project Partners
    Bioplatforms Australia Ltd, BOC Australia


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.


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.

Last updated 15 August 2019
Last updated
15 August 2019


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