Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 72, Issue 3, pp 442–449

Perspectives and advances of biological H2 production in microorganisms

  • Jens Rupprecht
  • Ben Hankamer
  • Jan H. Mussgnug
  • Gennady Ananyev
  • Charles Dismukes
  • Olaf Kruse
Mini-Review

DOI: 10.1007/s00253-006-0528-x

Cite this article as:
Rupprecht, J., Hankamer, B., Mussgnug, J. et al. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2006) 72: 442. doi:10.1007/s00253-006-0528-x

Abstract

The rapid development of clean fuels for the future is a critically important global challenge for two main reasons. First, new fuels are needed to supplement and ultimately replace depleting oil reserves. Second, fuels capable of zero CO2 emissions are needed to slow the impact of global warming. This review summarizes the development of solar powered bio-H2 production processes based on the conversion of photosynthetic products by fermentative bacteria, as well as using photoheterotrophic and photoautrophic organisms. The use of advanced bioreactor systems and their potential and limitations in terms of process design, efficiency, and cost are also briefly reviewed.

Keywords

Hydrogen Microorganisms Photosynthesis Solar energy 

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© Springer-Verlag 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Rupprecht
    • 1
  • Ben Hankamer
    • 1
  • Jan H. Mussgnug
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gennady Ananyev
    • 3
  • Charles Dismukes
    • 3
  • Olaf Kruse
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Molecular BioscienceUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Biologie/Molekulare ZellphysiologieUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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