Paving the Way for Hydrogen from Algae Enzymes

Thomas Happe, Rieke Haas and Ulf-Peter Apfel (from left) investigated the cataly
Thomas Happe, Rieke Haas and Ulf-Peter Apfel (from left) investigated the catalytic centre of the algae in detail in order to better understand the requirements for hydrogen production. RUB, Marquard
A research team from Bochum has identified a crucial detail that’s essential for the production of hydrogen using biocatalysts.

Under certain conditions, some algae are able to produce hydrogen - a much sought-after green energy source. Its production takes place in the unique catalytic center of the unicellular algae and is only possible if certain cofactors of the relevant proteins are present. Researchers at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, have identified how such a cofactor, the so-called hydrogen cluster, is assembled. ...
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