Sierra Energy wins grant to support further research into hydrogen fuel production

November 4, 2015 0 By Angie Bergenson

Grant will allow Sierra Energy to continue research into converting waste gases into hydrogen

Sierra Energy, a prominent energy developer, has been awarded the Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency. The $100,000 grant will allow the company to conduct further research into producing hydrogen fuel from waste materials. Sierra Energy has been focusing on this field of hydrogen production for some time, using its FastOx gasifier technology to convert waste gases into hydrogen fuel that can be used to generate electrical power for fuel cells.

New methods to produce hydrogen fuel are becoming more important

Finding new methods to produce hydrogen fuel is becoming a priority, especially as fuel cells become more attractive in various industries. Waste-to-energy projects are becoming especially popular because of the attractive nature of fuel cells. These energy systems produce electrical power through the consumption of hydrogen. Conventional hydrogen production methods rely on fossil-fuels, making these methods less environmentally friendly.

New technology could be a boon for the clean transportation space

Hydrogen Fuel FundingSierra Energy’s FastOx gasifier converts waste gases into hydrogen. The technology is quite efficient and Sierra Energy believes that it will be able to produce hydrogen fuel at a relatively lower cost when compared to conventional production methods. Further research into converting waste gases into hydrogen could have a significant impact on the clean transportation sector. Major automakers are developing vehicles that use hydrogen fuel cells as their primary energy source, and producing hydrogen in an environmentally friendly manner is expected to increase the attractiveness of these vehicles.

Clean transportation is growing quickly in California

California is becoming a prominent market for clean transportation. The state is pushing for more clean vehicles to come to its roads, hoping that these vehicles will displace some of the 170 metric tons of carbon dioxide that is produced by the transportation sector every year. The state’s landfills may serve as a valuable resource for organizations looking to produce hydrogen fuel, with waste gases being converted into biogas, which can then be converted into hydrogen fuel that can be used for vehicles and fuel cells in various industries.