Low-Temperature Microplasma-Assisted Hydrogen Production from Biogas for Electricity Generation


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Low-Temperature Microplasma-Assisted Hydrogen Production from Biogas for Electricity Generation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The purpose of this agreement is to fund the development, demonstration and characterization of a microplasma reactor array for efficient and controllable conversion of biogas to a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen (synthesis gas). The Recipient will build, demonstrate and characterize a reactor comprised of an array of microplasmas that will convert biogas (mixture of methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2)) to a synthesis gas (mixture of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen (H2)) with controllable mole fractions of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The microplasma reactor is a non-thermal electricity-based technique that will provide a clean alternative to existing thermal technologies that are typically less efficient and involve combustion and hence emit greenhouse gases to produce the heat energy. The consumption of greenhouse gases (methane and carbon dioxide being the main constituents of biogas) is also beneficial to the environment.

Contact Information
Timothy Smith
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-3494



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Operation, repair, maintenance, or minor alteration of existing structures, facilities, or mechanical equipment not expanding existing uses. The project is a small scale experiment that will be conducted in an established laboratory on the University of California at Merced campus. This exemption allows for alterations to electrical conveyances.

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