Due to the continuous depletion of fossil fuels reserves for energy production, the demand for the alternative routes for the generation of energy from the renewable resources is gaining attention over the years. Biomass is one of the cheapest renewable energy sources to produce fuel gases (H2 and syngas).
The Energy Lab has designed and developed both continuous and batch supercritical water gasification systems to produce gaseous fuels from wide ranging waste materials. The systems are flexible to investigate the direct impact of operational parameters on the generation of gaseous fuels. The Energy Lab has been investigating numerous solid and liquid wastes to understand the chemistry involved in the breakdown of complex biomass. The objective is to maximize the yields of H2 in both catalytic and non-catalytic routes. The targeting is also to synthesize effective (nano) catalysts to maximize the production of hydrogen.