Harnessing Molecular Hydrogen from Wastewater Treatment: A sustainable path to a cleaner future

Science / Chemistry

Molecular hydrogen (H2) has long been hailed as the “fuel of the future” due to its high energy density per mass unit of H2 – approximately 30 times greater than that of TNT – and the fact that its use as a fuel results in the sole byproduct of water. However, the challenge lies in its large-scale production, which is currently cost-prohibitive. Furthermore, H2 is a primary input for the production of nitrogen fertilizers around the world, posing a significant hurdle to boosting worldwide agricultural production. Our project aims to address the challenge of producing cost-effective H2 . We are exploring the potential of using organic compounds found in industrial effluents, sewage, and contaminated lakes and rivers as precursors. We aim to establish a new chemical pathway for producing H2 from these contaminating organic materials, a method we anticipate will be more efficient than existing processes. In addition to providing a viable means of H2 production, this approach offers the added benefit of decontaminating water bodies, thereby serving dual purposes in energy production and environmental conservation.

Amount invested

R$ 100,000.00

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  • Topics
  • Bodies of water
  • Fuel of the future
  • Polluted rivers