The innovative method in producing hydrogen has been achieved by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne using a rapid photo-pyrolysis process.

Biowaste presents a unique opportunity for the clean energy economy, by producing hydrogen from it, much of the pollution that normally goes to landfills can be converted into the clean energy carrier.

This means that vast quantities of hydrogen can be used to decarbonise several industrial operations across the world whilst also reducing pollution.

Read more: EPFL and GRZ Technologies develop hydrogen compressor
Read more:
Inergio prototype to pave way for mini hydrogen fuel cells

The new method uses flashlight pyrolysis using a Xenon lamp with the system also being capable of several other purposes such as synthesising nanoparticles.

This flashing technique was used on different sources of biomass: banana peels, corn cobs, orange peels, coffee beans and coconut shells, all of which were initially dried at 105°C for 24 hours and then ground and sieved to a thin powder.

What stands out in this method is that both its end products, hydrogen and solid-carbon biochar, are valuable.

The hydrogen can be used as green fuel, while the carbon biochar, can either be buried and used as a fertiliser or it can be used to manufacture conductive electrodes.


An interactive platform for specialty talks on the latest hot topics and key trends, given by influential industry figures and authorities.

With the help of an actively engaged audience, there is opportunity for a collaborative Q&A session with discussions, debates and live feedback.

All of H2 View’s previous webinars are available on-demand for free; catch up here. And you can view H2 View’s 2022 webinar programme here.