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Biohydrogen production from cellulosic waste and fish processing residues

Hydrogen provides a CO2-free sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. A preliminary project is now being performed to investigate the production of hydrogen from waste using microbes.

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Hydrogen is produced through different methods such as steam reforming, non-catalytic partial oxidation, and water electrolysis. Dark fermentation process has gained widespread interest for its independency of light, high hydrogen production rate, low infrastructure costs and easy control.

This pre-project will demonstrate a feasibility for fermentative production of biohydrogen from cellulosic wastes and low-grade byproducts from fish processing. Using cold-tolerant bacteria allows the biohydrogen production process to operate at room temperature, thus reducing the energy needed to maintain the process when using normal bacteria.

In addition, by combining the use of different side-stream materials, dual benefits are created, that is production of renewable energy and reuse of waste.

The aim of this pre-project is identifying cold tolerant bacteria capable of producing hydrogen on cellulosic materials and fish wastes.

Partners: UiT, Nofima  

Funding: MABIT 2021-2022

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2021 - 2022

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