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Panel Discussion Focuses on Renewable Biogas for Fuel Cells

December 8, 2009

Ali Jalalzadeh-Azar of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently organized and participated in a panel discussion on “Renewable Biogas: A Commercialization Opportunity for Fuel Cells” at the 2009 Fuel Cell Seminar in Palm Springs, Calif. 

Panel participants from industry, academia, and government discussed the opportunities and challenges related to large-scale use of biogas as a renewable source of methane for fuel cells.  Production of biomethane requires anaerobic digestion of organic waste materials—from sources such as dairy farms, wastewater treatment facilities, and food processing plants—followed by a clean-up process for the resulting biogas. Biogas from landfills is also a major source of methane.  

“Fuel cells operating on renewable biogas have the potential to play a significant role in mitigating our energy and environmental issues,” Jalalzadeh-Azar said. “In order to better understand and facilitate this potential, NREL is conducting analyses to determine the nation’s diverse options for biomethane recovery and utilization.”

For more information, contact Ali Jalalzadeh-Azar.

—Heather Lammers