Greener and cheaper hydrogen

The University of Manchester and Powerhouse Energy are investigating the recovery of hydrogen for clean energy use.

The potential breakthrough in advanced thermal treatment to recover hydrogen from unrecyclable wastes could make a significant contribution to the UK’s net-zero targets and reduce project costs compared to existing recovery methods. As well as being greener and cheaper, this new technology would be an important asset to help secure UK energy security at a time of major crisis and uncertainly.

The project, led by Dr Amir Keshmiri, will develop and validate an inexpensive hydrogen separation technique that builds upon Powerhouse Energy's expertise in waste treatment and Dr Keshmiri’s expertise in fluid dynamics and thermochemical analysis.

The invention has the potential to overcome a significant cost prohibitive factor for commercial hydrogen extraction from syngas (synthesis gas, a hydrogen-based mixture) that can be used as a fuel for all next generation advanced thermal technologies, potentially allowing more facilities to be developed for the same available capital, enhancing production towards and even beyond the Government’s 2030 Low Carbon Hydrogen Strategy’s 5GW installed capacity target.

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