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Microalgae identified as clean source of hydrogen production

Microalgae identified as clean source of hydrogen production

A reactive flash volatilisation (RFV) gasification technology is being used to produce hydrogen using microalgae, giving rise to newer and cleaner forms of energy.

A project completed last week (12th Feb), saw researchers confirm that hydrogen production using RFV on microalgae is 36% less compared to the steam reforming of methane gas – the current best practice for hydrogen production.

The research, published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, also shows that with the prevailing cost of hydrogen at $10 per kilo, and using RFV to produce the gas, the payback period of initial investment was just 3.78 years with a 22% internal rate of return.

Academics at Monash University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, IITB-Monash Research Academy Mumbai, and The Indian Institute of Technology’s Department of Chemical Engineering worked on the project.

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