LINKAGE INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP -- Developing a competitive H2 production system based on engineered cells of green algae (2007)
The aim of this project is to develop a competitive H2 production system, based on engineered cells of green algae. These cells have the natural ability to drive solar-powered hydrogen (H2) production from water (H2O). Combustion of H2 produces only H2O, completing the clean energy cycle. This project will integrate advances based on 5 parallel research streams being conducted in our laboratories, with the specific aim of developing a single system, with enhanced H2 production capabilities. This research program will incorporate improvements to enhance photon conversion efficiency, H+ and e- supply to the active hydrogenase, external feeding and will facilitate scale up to a 100l pilot study using an immobilized algal bioreactor system.