Atmospheric Integrated Research at University of California, Irvine

AirUCI PIs develop fuel, heat, and power from sewage

Date: 
Fri, 08/26/2011

AirUCI's Scott Samuelsen and Jack Brouwer, director and associate director of UC Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center, have developed an exciting and unique fuel cell generator in conjunction with the NFCRC staff and the Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, California.  Other private sector collaborators on the project were FuelCell Energy, Inc. and Air Products.

The apparatus simultaneously and continuously converts gases that are created in wastewater digesters into hydrogen, which is then used for zero-emission vehicle fuel, electricity, and heat.  This is an important breakthrough in clean energy technology that promises to lead to cleaner air and less reliance on fossil fuels.  Congratulations, Scott and Jack!

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