14 Sep 2021

Extracting green hydrogen from driftwood

From Nine To Noon, 9:20 am on 14 September 2021

Researchers at the University of Canterbury say they are at a breakthrough point in a project to substitute fossil fuels with green hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide. They've been examining how wood waste can be broken down to create these two products, which could be used in plant nurseries to grow vegetables, also in fertiliser factories and chemical plants instead of fossil fuels.

The current thinking is their system could produce climate-friendly hydrogen and carbon dioxide at scale in about a decade.  Lynn speaks with Associate Processor in Chemical and Process Engineering the University Of Canterbury Alex Yip, who is leading the team.

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