Renewable hydrogen production becomes reality at winery

By | October 5, 2009

The first demonstration of a renewable method for hydrogen production from wastewater using a microbial electrolysis system is underway at the Napa Wine Company in Oakville. The refrigerator-sized hydrogen generator will take winery wastewater, and using bacteria and a small amount of electrical energy, convert the organic material into hydrogen, according to a Penn State environmental engineer.

“This is a demonstration to prove we can continuously generate renewable hydrogen and to study the engineering factors affecting the system performance,” said Bruce E. Logan, Kappe professor of environmental engineering. “The hydrogen produced will be vented except for a small amount that will be used in a hydrogen fuel cell.” Eventually, Napa Wine Company would like to use the hydrogen to run vehicles and power systems.

Napa Wine Company’s wastewater comes from cleaning equipment, grape disposal, wine making and other processes. The company already has on-site wastewater treatment and recycling and the partially treated water from the microbial electrolysis system will join other water for further treatment and use in irrigation.

“It is nice that Napa Wine Company offered up their winery and facilities to test this new approach,” said Logan. “We chose a winery because it is a natural tourist attraction. People go there all the time to experience wine making and wine, and now they can also see a demonstration of how to make clean hydrogen gas from agricultural wastes.”

The demonstration microbial electrolysis plant is a continuous flow system that will process about 1,000 liters of wastewater a day. Microbial electrolysis cells consist of two electrodes immersed in liquid. Logan uses electrode pairs consisting of one carbon anode and one stainless steel cathode in his system rather than an electrode coated with a precious metal like platinum or gold. Replacing precious metals will keep down costs. The wastewater enters the cell where naturally occurring bacteria convert the organic material into electrical current. If the voltage produced by the bacteria is slightly increased, hydrogen gas is produced electrochemically on the stainless steel cathode.

The demonstration plant is made up of 24 modules. Each module has six pairs of electrodes.

“The composition of the wastewater will change throughout the year,” said Logan. “Now it is likely to be rather sugary, but later it may shift more toward the remnants of the fermentation process.”

The bacteria that work in the electrolysis cells will consume either of these organic materials.

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3 thoughts on “Renewable hydrogen production becomes reality at winery

  1. Carlos Barrera

    For that kind a electric power you need a very strong powerplant, and can be movil. Thats why I present my project to you:

    New Technology Submission – Gearturbine:

    http://gearturbine.260mb.com/

    YouTube Video; InnovaTech TipInfo – GEARTURBINE – Retrodynamic

    GEARTURBINE -Atypical Combustion Turbine Engine, -New Thermodynamic Technology, -With Retrodynamic “Dextrogiro vs Levogiro” Effect, is when the inflow direction moves is against of the circular rotary dynamic, RPM Rotor Move VS Inflow Conduits Way, making in a simple way a very strong concept of power thrust, a unique technical cuality. -Non parasitic losses form-function engine system for; cooling, lubrication & combustion; -Lubrication & Combustion inside a conduit radial position, out way direction, activated by centrifugal force (centrpetal to in), -Cooling in & out; In by Thermomix flow & Out by air Thermo transference, activated by the dynamic rotary move, -Increase the first compresion by going of reduction of one big circunference fan blades going to, -2two very long distance cautive compression inflow propulsion conduits (like a digestive system) (long interaction) in perfect equilibrium well balanced start were end like a snake bite his own tale, -Inside active rotor with 4 pairs of retrodynamic turbos (complete regeneration power system ), -Mechanical direct “Planetary Gear” power thrust like a Ying Yang (very strong torque) (friendly loose friction) 2two small gears in polar position inside a bigger shell gear, wide out the rotor circunference were have much more lever power thrust, lower RPM in a simple way solution for turbines, to make posible for a some new work aplication (land). -3 Stages of inflow turbo compression before the combustion. -3 points united of power thrust; 1- Rocket Flames, 2-Planetary Gear & 3-Exhaust Propulson, all in one system. -Combustion 2two continue circular moving inside rocket Flames, like two dragons trying to bite the tail of the opposite other. -Hybrid flow system diferent kind of aerolasticity thermoplastic inflow propulsion types; single, action & reaction turbines applied in one system, -Military benefits, No blade erosion by sand & very low caloric target profile. -Power thrust by barr (tube); air sea land & generation aplication, -With the unique retrodynamic technical cuality of “dextrogiro vs levogiro” effect is when the inside flow moves against of the rotor moves making a very strong concept, RPM Rotor Move VS Inflow Conduits Way (an a example is like to move the head to the side of the strike ponch) (or like the antimateria device; flow vs flow colision dynamic concept) -A pretender of very high % efficient engine looking to make posible an cheap electrolysis. -Patent From;Dic 1991 IMPI Mexico #197187

  2. Free Energy Options

    That’s a waste of both time and money. We already know the process of electrolosis works. The problem with this design is that it takes electricity to start producing hydro. It’s going to use alot more electricity to make hydro directly from waste water than if you were to just strain it and put some sodium hydroxide in it. It’s not helping to fix any energy problems either, not unless it’s running on electricity from solar panels or something.

  3. Carlos Barrera

    Technology Submission – Novel Rotary-InFlow Technology / Featured Development

    GEARTURBINE PROJECT

    Innovation Technology Break Barrier / Paradigm [Broken-Seal] Solution

    -State of the art. Innovative Turbo-Rotary concept Top system

    -Have the similar simple basic system of the “Aelopilie” Heron´s Steam Turbine device from Alexandria 10-70 AD

    * Atypical New GEARTURBINE / Retrodynamic = DextroRPM VS LevoInFlow + Ying Yang Thrust Way Type – Non Waste Looses

    *8X/Y Thermodynamic CYCLE Way Steps

    With Retrodynamic Dextrogiro vs Levogiro Phenomenon Effect Rotor-RPM VS InFlow CollisionInteraction Type

    Shape-Mass + Rotary-Motion = Inertia-Dynamic

    Non-waste parasitic looses system for cooling, lubrication & combustion

    Combustion 2Two InsideRotaryDynamic continue circular Rockets flames

    4 TURBOS insiderotaryactive

    Mechanical direct 2two Small Planetary Gears like Ying Yang Simbol

    The most innovative power plant motor engine project today Higher efficient % Next trend wave toward global technological coming change
    -Patent; Dic. 1991 IMPI Mexico #197187 – Carlos Barrera. – Individual Designer – Inventor and project owner. / All Rights Reserved. – Monterrey NL Mexico.

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