From Biomass to Hydrogen

Advanced Alternative Energy Corporation (AAEC) has announced a new technology for combining renewable biomass and solid waste combustion, along with wind power, for powering a new type of system for producing electricity as well as Combined Heat and Power and hydrogen.

LAWRENCE, Kansas – May 23, 2002 [] The project is beginning its demonstration collaboration debut in cooperation between the inventor, Les Blevins and energy systems engineer Prof. Mario A. Medina in the School of Engineering at Kansas University. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems generate both electricity and thermal energy in a combined system, thereby avoiding large efficiency losses inherent with conventional electricity-only generation systems. Including wind energy in this concept and ultimately producing hydrogen for powering transportation is a major technology breakthrough for AAEC. “This will likely allow us to advance alternative energy use around the world by making it much more practical, adaptable and affordable in developed and developing countries alike,” said Les Blevins, President of AAEC. Conventional electricity generation has an average efficiency of only 32 percent. CHP systems can capture much of this wasted energy and use it to meet thermal needs like heating and cooling. The overall efficiency of CHP systems can exceed 80 percent. “CHP has become an important element of the national energy debate,” said Les Blevins. “This renewed attention results from a conjunction of events such as utility restructuring, changes in environmental regulations, introduction of new technologies and a search for ways to address global climate change without hurting the U.S. economy.”
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