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Hydrogen from Biomass

  • Ralf Schmersahl
  • Marco Klemm
  • Ruth Brunstermann
  • Renatus Widmann
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_318-3

Definition of the Subject and Its Importance

Today, there is no disputing that the use of renewable energy has to be increased in order to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emission as well as the dependence on the fossil fuels. Approximately 95 % of the hydrogen produced today comes from carbonaceous raw material, but primarily with a fossil resource as original energy source. Only a fraction of this hydrogen is currently used for energy purposes; the bulk serves as feedstock for manifold purposes, e.g., in the petrochemical industry as well as for food, electronics, and metallurgical processing. However, the share of hydrogen in the energy market is increasing, and hydrogen production will need to keep pace with this growing market [1]. In this sense, this entry summarizes the state of the art of the most important processes, techniques, and research activities in the field of hydrogen production using biomass resources.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf Schmersahl
    • 1
  • Marco Klemm
    • 1
  • Ruth Brunstermann
    • 2
  • Renatus Widmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Deutsches BiomasseForschungsZentrum GmbH German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ)LeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Department of Urban Water and Waste ManagementUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany