Engineering aspects of hydrogen production from photosynthetic bacteria

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Certain photosynthetic bacteria (PSB), for example, Rhodopseudomonas capsulata, evolve hydrogen when placed in an anaerobic environment with light and a suitable organic substrate. An engineering effort to use such bacteria for large-scale hydrogen production from sunlight is described. A system to produce 28,000 m/sup 3//day (1 x 10/sup 6/ ft/sup 3//day) of hydrogen has been designed on a conceptual level and includes hydrogen cleanup, substrate storage, and waste disposal. The most critical component in the design is the solar bacterial reactor. Several designs were developed and analyzed. A large covered pond concept appears most attractive. Cost estimates for the designs ... continued below

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Herlevich, A. & Karpuk, M. February 1, 1982.

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Certain photosynthetic bacteria (PSB), for example, Rhodopseudomonas capsulata, evolve hydrogen when placed in an anaerobic environment with light and a suitable organic substrate. An engineering effort to use such bacteria for large-scale hydrogen production from sunlight is described. A system to produce 28,000 m/sup 3//day (1 x 10/sup 6/ ft/sup 3//day) of hydrogen has been designed on a conceptual level and includes hydrogen cleanup, substrate storage, and waste disposal. The most critical component in the design is the solar bacterial reactor. Several designs were developed and analyzed. A large covered pond concept appears most attractive. Cost estimates for the designs show favorable economics.

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  • World hydrogen energy conference, Pasadena, CA, USA, 13 Jun 1982

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  • Other: DE82009396
  • Report No.: SERI/TP-235-1548
  • Report No.: CONF-820605-11
  • Grant Number: AC02-77CH00178
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5354098
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1071475

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Herlevich, A. & Karpuk, M. Engineering aspects of hydrogen production from photosynthetic bacteria, article, February 1, 1982; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1071475/: accessed April 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.