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Canadian project to enhance hydrogen production from ethanol feedstock

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Proteum Hydrogen Technologies, a subsidiary of Proteum Energy, LLC, and the University of Regina have embarked on a joint project aimed at advancing Proteum’s patented and proprietary steam non-methane reforming (SnMR) technology.

Laurence Tree, Proteum’s CEO, said: “Leveraging Proteum’s SnMR technology holds great promise for ethanol producers as the automotive industry moves from gasoline toward zero emissions.” 

The project, conducted through the University’s Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute (CETRI), focuses on optimising performance of Proteum’s commercial system for production of hydrogen from renewable ethanol feedstock. The two-year project was awarded a matching grant from Mitacs, a nonprofit Canadian research organisation cultivating partnerships between academia, private industry and government.

Mr Tree continues: “We are pleased and excited to work with such a prestigious research university to enhance hydrogen yields for our projects utilising ethanol feedstock. Leveraging Proteum’s SnMR technology holds great promise for ethanol producers as the automotive industry moves from gasoline toward zero emissions.

Dr Hussameldin Ibrahim, CETRI’s director, said: “With one of the few hydrogen research pilot plants in Canada, the University of Regina’s Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute is uniquely positioned to collaborate with Proteum to optimise their SnMR process for enhanced hydrogen yields and quality from renewable ethanol.

.“We look forward to further developing this promising technology.”