Novel Microbial Hydrogen Production from Biomass Containing Waste Water

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84418
Agency Tracking Number: 80095S06-I
Amount: $99,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 12
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
720 Governor Lea Road, New Castle, DE, 19720
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Grot
 (302) 832-9550
Business Contact
 Stephen Grot
Title: Dr.
Phone: (302) 832-9550
Research Institution
The treatment of waste water consumes a significant amount of energy, in order to reduce the organic matter to levels safe for environmental discharge. This project will develop a novel microbial-based approach to convert the organic matter in waste water into a valuable commodity, namely hydrogen. This approach would simultaneously clean the waste water and produce a fuel that can be sold to help recover the costs of treatment. Phase I will demonstrate the process on the lab bench scale, measure performance at different operating parameters, optimize the geometrical configuration, and reduce the scale of the laboratory demonstration by a factor of five (to a one cubic foot reactor). Finally, the data collected will be used to estimate the capital and operating costs of a full-scale plant. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by the Applicant: A novel process that can generate hydrogen from waste-water streams and other biomass sources can significantly reduce our nation's dependence on foreign energy sources. Small, off-grid alternative-energy applications where wastewater treatment is needed could benefit from this technology.

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