The H2OPE Biofuels Solution
Since its launch, biotech innovator H2OPE Biofuels has been working on a solution to the world's energy crisis. Through its patented genetic-engineering technology, the company is isolating strains of algae that could one day become an emission-free source of hydrogen, and hence power, for the planet and its people.
Looking far into the future, such hydrogen could one day turn on a lightbulb, fuel an automobile and even ignite the power grid of an entire city. Hydrogen-generating algae could make it possible to create the commercial-scale production of energy that is not only green - but also significantly less expensive than current methods of power-production.
H2OPE Biofuels News
Fall 2016: Enzyme & Microbial Technology publishes our research.
Spring 2015: Our second patent is issued by the U.S. Patent Office.
February 2013: Delaware CAT grant, H2OPE Lab Moves to Lewes, DE
H2OPE is moving its lab to Lewes, DE to engage in a Delaware Economic Grant.
June 2012: Named a finalist in the American Chemical Society green business plan competition.
March 2012: Interviewed by The Guardian newspaper of London.
Read the article here: TheClimateDesk.org
March 2012: Issued a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for its novel process of developing photosynthetic hydrogen.
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Current Methods of Hydrogen Production
Today, hydrogen is used in industrial and chemical operations to do such things as manufacture gasoline, metals and fertilizer. The primary way hydrogen is made is through the steam reformation of coal or natural gas - a highly complex and energy-intensive process that releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The merchant hydrogen market is a $2 billion to $5 billion market in the United States and a $150 billion market worldwide; it is dominated by four companies, creating a virtual monopoly.
H2OPE Biofuels' Advantage
With H2OPE Biofuels' patented technology, it is possible to offer commercial-scale hydrogen-users a cheaper and cleaner source of hydrogen. Biohydrogen is made from algae and water (not coal or natural gas), using simple biological processes. No emissions or carbon dioxide are created in the process.
Biohydrogen developed by H2OPE Biofuels offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the hydrogen industry to reduce its carbon impact, while reducing capital and operating expenditures at the same time.
In fact, our technology is so promising, a world leader in industrial-scale hydrogen production, Air Liquide has specifically expressed interest in replacing its conventional hydrogen production technology with bioreactors containing our modified algae.