Electro-Active Technologies, Inc., a Tennessee-based start-up which focuses of transforming waste into high-value products, has licenced two biorefinery technologies which work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen.
The technologies were invented and patented by Electro-Active Technologies’ co-founders, Abhijeet Borole and Alex Lewis, while working at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The system combines biology and electrochemistry to degrade organic waste – such as plant biomass or food waste – to produce hydrogen. During the microbial electrolysis process, a diverse microbial community first breaks down organic material.
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