Renewable hydrogen anaerobic fermentation technology: problems and potentials

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Komolafe, Abiodun O., Okere, Uchechukwu V. and Michael O., Fagbohungbe 2019. Renewable hydrogen anaerobic fermentation technology: problems and potentials. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 114, p. 109340. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2019.109340
AuthorsKomolafe, Abiodun O., Okere, Uchechukwu V. and Michael O., Fagbohungbe
Abstract

Hydrogen technology is essential to the decarbonisation of global economies because it addresses the variability and storage limitation of renewable energy. Several research literatures on hydrogen technology have focused on energy systems with minimum attention given to other fossil fuel driven sectors such as chemical and material production. For effective decarbonisation, the application of hydrogen in global economies must extend beyond the use of energy systems. Renewable hydrogen anaerobic fermentation is a suitable technology for converting the hydrogen substrate into gaseous fuel and precursors for material and green chemical production. The technology leverages on the well-established anaerobic digestion (AD) technology and can be selectively operated for a specific product. Although there are some problems associated with renewable hydrogen anaerobic fermentation, studies show different technological advancements in mitigating these challenges. This review focuses on the technological breakthroughs and limitations associated with renewable hydrogen anaerobic fermentation and provides insights on other products that could be derived from it, especially for a circular economy and the emerging market of green chemicals, sustainable agriculture, and bio-based product development.

Keywordsrenewable energy; renewable hydrogen fermentation; hydrogen technology
Year2019
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Journal citation114, p. 109340
PublisherElsevier
ISSN13640321
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2019.109340
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624329
hdl:10545/624329
Publication dates21 Aug 2019
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Deposited06 Dec 2019, 15:14
Accepted11 Aug 2019
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby, Lancaster University and University of Southampton
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