Virent Energy Systems has received a $1.64 million round of seed financing led by Venture Investors to help it continue its work developing a system capable of converting sugar into energy.
The system the company is currently developing is based on its patented Aqueous-Phase Reforming (APR) process, a carbon neutral method for chemically converting widely available sugar-based liquids into hydrogen and other fuel gases for use in distributed power systems.
The APR system generates hydrogen from aqueous solutions of oxygenated compounds in a single step reactor process compared to the three or more reaction steps required for hydrogen generation via conventional processes that use non-renewable fossil fuels.
The company plans to create a complete power generation system by mating the APR System with a hydrogen/natural gas fuelled generator set to deliver 5kW of power. Once completed, it will be connected to the
Virent was founded by two