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August 30, 2016
Americans produce an average of 220 million tons of waste each year. Approximately 2/3rds of this waste is organic, so when it decomposes, it produces natural gasses that can be extracted in a process called biogasification.
Biomass materials are converted at a high temperature with a controlled amount of oxygen or steam into carbon monoxide, which then reacts with water to form CO2 and more hydrogen. Advanced separation membranes are then used to separate the hydrogen from the carbon monoxide and provide us with a renewable hydrogen source. It sounds complicated, but this translates into a sustainable, low-emissions way to turn waste into energy that can power vehicles, homes, and entire communities.