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Bioelectrochemical Integration of Waste Heat Recovery, Waste-to-Energy Conversion, and Waste-to-Chemical Conversion with Industrial Gas and Chemical Manufacturing Processes

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. - Allentown, PA

A microbial reverse electrodialysis technology will be combined with waste heat recovery to convert effluents into electricity and chemical products, including hydrogen gas. This technology, which uses salinity gradients to overcome the thermodynamic barriers and over potential associated with hydrogen production, will be broadly applicable in U.S. industry, including the chemical, food, pharmaceutical, and refining sectors. By providing onsite electricity generation, the technology could save 40 trillion Btu annually and avoid 6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.