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2018 Changemaker: Keena Trowell

Replacing fossil fuels: metal-water reactions for clean power


Mechanical Engineering, PhD candidate

Jeffrey Bergthorson & David Frost, Supervisors

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

In the fight against climate change, new fuels are needed to replace fossil fuels. Metals store energy during the refining process and are a novel way of transporting and stockpiling renewable energy. Keena’s research is focused on releasing that stored energy, in the form of heat and hydrogen, by reacting the metal with water. The result is instant access to clean power with no release of greenhouse gasses.

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