New Energy Patent – Hydrogen Gas from Algae

"I guess it's the equivalent of striking oil. It was enormously exciting. It was unbelievable."

- Tasios Melis, Ph.D.
Plant and Microbial Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Beaker of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii algae culture which produces hydrogen gas in labs at University of California, Berkeley and National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Photograph courtesy University of California, Berkeley, January 2000.
Beaker of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii algae culture which produces hydrogen gas in labs at University of California, Berkeley and National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Photograph courtesy University of California, Berkeley, January 2000.

February 25, 2000 Berkeley, California - The journal, Plant Physiology, reported in February 2000 that for the first time scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, have been able to trigger a metabolic switch in algae to turn sunlight into large quantities of hydrogen gas. A joint patent on this new hydrogen production technique from plant photosynthesis has been filed by the two institutions.

 

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