New method of producing green hydrogen from woody biomass

Biobased Hydrogen

New Zealand – Researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) are working on a novel method of producing green hydrogen from woody biomass while also capturing carbon.

Professor Shusheng Pang and Associate Professor Alex Yip of UC Chemical and Process Engineering are developing a breakthrough technology that uses advanced thermochemical processes and low-value wood as the raw material. This will make it possible to produce green hydrogen at a commercially viable cost and in conjunction with carbon sequestration.

Professor Pang’s previous research uncovered technologies for converting biomass to hydrogen-rich syngas that could be used to make liquid fuel for vehicles.

Carbon emissions

According to research estimates, once commercialized, carbon negative technology has the potential to make a significant dent in New Zealand’s current carbon emissions, equivalent to around 3% of gross emissions in 2020. Based on data on wood processing residuals/low value logs, hydrogen production costs, and hydrogen market price, it could also generate an estimated $400 million in annual revenue.