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Missouri SandT Converts Crude Beer into Hydrogen

Missouri SandT Converts Crude Beer into Hydrogen

MST H2 Process System Panoramic View.
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MST H2 Process System Panoramic View.

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) recently announced a novel and robust process for converting ethanol into hydrogenE-H2 technology. This new process, developed by Missouri S&T's National University Transportation Center, uses bio-based feedstock, specifically crude beer derived from agricultural ethanol, to produce hydrogen for fuel cells and power generation applications as well as transportation fuel. This research supports the transition of our nation's economy from one dependent on fossil fuels to one based upon renewable hydrogen.

The E-H2 process has several distinct advantages over existing technologies. It is a compact, energy-efficient process that eliminates the costly and energy intensive steps needed to produce ethanol, and it has the potential to improve safety by substantially reducing the need to distribute and transport dangerous flammable and corrosive chemicals.

In addition, ethanol boosts the economic development of agricultural communities, adds value to agricultural products, helps clean America 's air, and strengthens national security by moving America toward energy independence. Hydrogen has a high energy content by mass, burns cleanly, is abundantly available in compound forms, and is also renewable. By using a bio-based feedstock, more specifically agricultural ethanol and its crude beer, to produce hydrogen, the E-H2 process provides a direct link between the ethanol economy and the hydrogen economy.

The DOT grant supporting this research was awarded to the National University Transportation Center at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), where John Myers, Ph.D. (jmyers@mst.edu), is the interim director. The principal investigator for this project is Sunggyu Lee, Ph.D. (Leesu@mst.edu), of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri.