A researcher at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has developed a technology to produce green hydrogen from biomass. Professor S. Dasappa, who is a professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at IISc, has developed a process that uses biomass such as agricultural waste and forestry residues to produce hydrogen through a process called steam reforming.
Hydrogen is considered a clean and versatile energy source that can be used to power vehicles, generate electricity, and even store renewable energy. However, traditional hydrogen production methods typically involve the use of fossil fuels, which can lead to the release of greenhouse gases. Green hydrogen, on the other hand, is produced through the electrolysis of water using renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power, making it a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option.
Professor Dasappa's technology uses steam reforming to produce hydrogen from biomass, which involves heating the biomass to high temperatures in the presence of steam to produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The carbon monoxide can then be converted into other useful products such as methanol or synthetic gas.
According to Professor Dasappa, the technology has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of producing green hydrogen, making it more competitive with traditional hydrogen production methods. It could also help to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and promote the use of renewable energy sources.