11 Oct '17, 7pm

Undersea Microbes Provide Path to Energy Storage

Undersea Microbes Provide Path to Energy Storage

Undersea Microbes Provide Path to Energy Storage October 11, 2017 Kevin Harrison and Nancy Dowe standing next to a bioreactor housing microorganisms that will convert hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methane. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL 47786 The interior of the newest addition to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) contains a murky mixture of a microorganism at home in the alkaline waters of an Icelandic hot spring that holds a possible solution to storing renewable electricity. Installed outside NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), where pipes carrying hydrogen line the exterior of the building, a 25-foot tall cylindrical bioreactor system will convert hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methane. The process relies on a heat- and gas-loving microorganism known as Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus to accomplish t...

Full article: https://www.nrel.gov/news/features/2017/undersea-microbes...

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