Lead Researcher of Virginia Tech believes that hydrogen economy could be the future whose team has innovated easy and simple ways of producing hydrogen through plants
Vishnu Mohan | 24 Aug 2013

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Leader Researcher of Virginia Tech believes that hydrogen economy could be future whose team has innovated easy and simple ways of producing hydrogen through plants


In one of the major breakthroughs, a team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract huge quantities of hydrogen from any plant.  This innovation has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world.

According to the lead researcher, this new process could help end our dependence on fossil fuels and hydrogen could be considered as one of the important biofuels of the future.

Chief highlights are as follows:

-          The team has succeeded in using xylose, the most abundant simple plant sugar to produce a large quantity of hydrogen that previously was attainable only in theory.  This method can be performed using any source of biomass.

-          This new environmentally friendly method of producing hydrogen utilizes renewable natural resources, releases almost no greenhouse gases, and does not require costly or heavy metals.  Whereas, previous methods to produce hydrogen are expensive and does create greenhouse gases.

-          The U.S. Department of Energy says that hydrogen fuel has the potential to dramatically reduce reliance on fossil fuels and automobile manufacturers are aggressively trying to develop vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells.

-          Unlike gas-powered engines that emit pollutants, the only byproduct of hydrogen fuel is water. The team’s discovery opens the door to an inexpensive, renewable source of hydrogen.

-          The lead researcher opines the key to this exciting development is in using the second most prevalent sugar in plants to produce this hydrogen.  This amounts to a significant additional benefit to hydrogen production and it reduces the overall cost of producing hydrogen from biomass.

-          On a commercial basis, this invention could further the belief of many people that in the future hydrogen economy could become a reality with a market capacity of at least $ 1 (one) trillion in the United States alone.

-          This new method of producing hydrogen has successfully overcome those obstacles that were associated with commercial production of hydrogen gas from biomass previously done which also included the high cost of the processes used and the relatively low quantity of the end product.  For seven years the team has been focusing on finding non-traditional ways to produce high yield hydrogen at low cost, specifically researching enzyme combinations, discovering novel enzymes and engineering enzymes with desirable properties. 

-          The commercial market for hydrogen gas is now around $ 100 billion for hydrogen produced from natural gas, which is not only expensive but also generates a large amount of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.  The team now believes that this new discovery could be a game-changer in the world of alternative energy.