Corn waste to produce hydrogen

Researchers from Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Science have developed a new system to produce hydrogen from corn waste. Hydrogen can be used in fuel cell engines and vehicles. It has very low carbon emissions rate and is expected to be the main source for future energy.


The main innovative point of this hydrogen production system is the use of corn waste. With an enzymatic process, the stover – as corn waste is called – is divided into hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

This means we have demonstrated the most important step toward a hydrogen economy – producing distributed and affordable green hydrogen from local biomass resources.

With this methodology, hydrogen is produced faster and cheaper than ever before. Researchers expect this technology to enhance the hydrogen distribution and use in fuel-cells.

We believe this exciting technology has the potential to enable the widespread use of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles around the world and displace fossil fuels.

The results from this research have been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

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