Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd scores Innovate UK grant to design biohydrogen production line

December 10, 2020 |

In the UK, Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd (ABSL), University College London (UCL) and Wood have been awarded a £250,000 grant from Innovate UK to design a production line that makes high purity biohydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles.

The ABSL plant in Swindon will convert household waste into bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG) that is injected into the local gas grid and then sold to compressed natural gas filling stations. The project will focus on taking a slipstream of syngas from this plant and purifying it to meet the stringent specification for proton electron membrane fuel cells. The hydrogen would then be compressed and transferred to tube trailers that will take it to hydrogen refueling stations for use in buses and other hydrogen vehicles.

The Swindon plant uses ABSL’s RadGas technology to convert waste into a high-quality synthesis gas and Wood’s VESTA technology to convert this syngas into BioSNG. Wood will adapt the VESTA system to switch flexibly between the biohydrogen and BioSNG production. This will give ABSL the ability to deliver either product to meet market demand.

UCL will use innovative techniques to test the biohydrogen produced by the plant at their Electrochemical Innovation Lab to ensure that it does not damage or degrade fuel cell performance. The University will also assess the greenhouse gas emissions associated with biohydrogen and compare them to blue and green hydrogen.

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