Engineers Invent Ethanol Reactor Capable of Producing Hydrogen

Cleaner-burning renewable fuel such as ethanol can produce hydrogen in a reactor to heat small homes and power cars more efficiently than the older fossil fuel technologies of oil and gas.

Published: 30-Dec-2004

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OMAHA (DTN) -- Through funding from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the University of Minnesota's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, engineers at the university have invented the first reactor capable of efficiently producing hydrogen from ethanol.

Dr. Lanny Schmidt, a University of Minnesota chemical engineer led a study on developing a cleaner-burning technology for fuel cells. Schmidt said the study proves the feasibility of using renewable hydrogen as an energy source.

According to the study, a cleaner-burning renewable fuel such as ethanol can produce hydrogen in a reactor to heat small homes and power cars more efficiently than the older fossil fuel technologies of oil and gas.

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