Microalgae as a hydrogen source 4Microalgae absorb sunlight and through photosynthesis can produce hydrogen gas. In theory these microalgae can produce hydrogen, in practice it is much more complicated.
The first barrier to hydrogen production is that the microalgae produce oxygen as part of the photosynthesis process, which inhibits the gene expression required to produce hydrogen.
In on a Webinar hosted by the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program on “Improving Photosynthesis for Hydrogen and Fuels Production”. Dr. Tasios Melis gave a great presentation about his work in developing microalgae that produce hydrogen, as a renewable fuel source.
The basics of Dr. Melis’ research is that microalgae absorb sunlight and through photosynthesis can produce hydrogen gas.
The webinar is part of a series put on by the Fuel Cell Technologies Program.