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  • Main Title Engineering aspects of hydrogen production from photosynthetic bacteria


  • Author: Herlevich, A.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Karpuk, M.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Name: Solar Energy Research Institute
    Place of Publication: Golden, Colorado
    Additional Info: Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA)


  • Creation: 1982-02-01


  • English


  • Content Description: 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.
  • Physical Description: Pages: 14


  • Keyword: Rhodopseudomonas
  • Keyword: Chemical Reactions
  • Keyword: Temperature Control
  • Keyword: Waste Disposal
  • Keyword: Surface Waters
  • Keyword: Ponds
  • Keyword: Microorganisms
  • Keyword: Economics
  • Keyword: Materials
  • Keyword: Photosynthesis
  • Keyword: Substrates
  • STI Subject Categories: 14 Solar Energy
  • Keyword: Anaerobic Conditions
  • Keyword: Control
  • Keyword: Cost
  • Keyword: Design
  • Keyword: Photosynthetic Bacteria
  • Keyword: Bacteria
  • Keyword: Chemical Reactors
  • Keyword: Hydrogen Production
  • Keyword: Management
  • Keyword: Storage
  • Keyword: Photochemical Reactions
  • Keyword: Waste Management 140505* -- Solar Energy Conversion-- Photochemical, Photobiological, & Thermochemical Conversion-- (1980-)
  • Keyword: Synthesis
  • Keyword: Economic Analysis


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


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • 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


  • Display Note: NTIS, PC A02/MF A01.