Exploiting the full solar spectrum to generate renewable hydrogen from a waste biomass feedstock

In this study recently published in Energy and Environmental Sciences, we established a ternary system (membrane-based waste biomass concentrator, a biomass preconditioning reactor, and a flow electrolysis cell) which can transform a waste biomass feedstock (e.g., sugar-containing waste stream) into a more amenable bio-alcohol which enables improved hydrogen generation via electrolysis with lower energy consumption. The designed ternary system is capable of effectively and simultaneously producing renewable hydrogen, clean water, and other value-added organics using only sunlight and waste biomass and is a tool which can deliver economic, energetic and environmental sustainability.

Hearty congratulations to the team: Dr Qiyuan Li, Dr Lixue Jiang, Prof Dawei Wang, Jack Shepherd, Dr Rahman Daiyan, A/Prof Robert Taylor and A/Prof Jason Scott.

This project was funded by Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) under Renewable Hydrogen for Export, Research and Development Program: Waste Biomass to Renewable Hydrogen 

Watch the video for more information on the project: https://youtu.be/ZwhceNbjIwM 

Read full article, or contact A/Prof Jason Scott for a copy of publication

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Ternary system for biomass reforming diagram

Three stages biomass process