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Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center - Educational Seminars

Production of Useful Cost effective Energy from Waste Biomass Material

The Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center (RESC) at Farmingdale State College presents a "Production of Useful Cost effective Energy from Waste Biomass Material" by Dr. Hazem Tawfik. This event is sponsored by the Farmingdale State College Engineers Club and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Topics for this seminar cover subjects in power & energy engineering. A tour of the Institute for Research and Technology Transfer (IRTT) will be provided following the presentation.


Recent concerns over the security and reliability of the world’s energy supply has caused a flux towards the research and development of renewable sources. A leading renewable source has been found in the biomass gasification of biological materials derived from organic matters such as wood chips, forest debris, and farm waste that are found in abundance in the USA. There is a very strong interest worldwide in the development of technologies that allow the coupling of biomass gasification and hydrogen fuel cell systems to produce high-energy efficiency, clean environmental performance and near-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Biomass gasification is a process which produces synthesis gas (syngas) that contains 19% hydrogen and 20% carbon monoxide from organic matter.

In order to efficiently produce hydrogen from biomass that is capable of energizing the Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell to generate combined heat and power, ultraclean hydrogen with carbon monoxide (CO) content less than 10 parts per million (ppm) must be fed to the PEM fuel cell to prevent the poisoning of its platinum catalyst.

Therefore, this paper/presentation is designed to shed some lights on various methods and current techniques used for the cleanup and purification of hydrogen produced by gasification.

Speaker: Dr. Hazem Tawfik, Farmingdale State College

Date: 9/24/2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Cost: FREE
PDH: 1 Hour (available to P.E.’s upon request)

Parking Information:

  • Option 1: Pick up your temporary parking pass at university police once you enter campus.
  • Option 2: Pick up your temporary parking pass in Lupton Hall T101 and bring it back to your car.

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