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New technology converts flaring gas into clean hydrogen

Gas flaring is now recognized as a major contributor to the emission of harmful gases affecting climate change and society by creating increased incidences of cancer in communities close to flaring sites. The pollutants emitted are highly harmful to humans, according to a recent report by the BBC, and to the environment.

H2-Industries has developed a solution to convert these environmentally harmful flaring gases right at the flare of an oil production field to clean H2 and solid carbon. The company uses pyrolysis technology to convert this environmentally harmful waste product into clean H2. The H2 production process from flaring gas is CO2-emission free.

The technology will be delivered in self-contained 20 or 40-foot ISO containers and can be pre-assembled in a semi-serial production and shipped for installation to the flaring site. The process provides clean H2 bound in liquid organic H2 carriers (LOHC). LOHC are organic compounds that can absorb and release H2 through chemical reactions. LOHCs can therefore be used as a storage medium for H2.

The only by-product of the process is solid carbon black that can be shipped for export to any place in the world using ISO container tanks. Carbon black is mainly used to strengthen rubber in tires. But it can also act as a pigment, UV stabilizer, conductive or insulating agent in various rubber, plastic, coating applications, and other everyday use, including hoses, conveyor belts, shoes, and printing.

The H2-Industries process captures clean carbon black, not produced from fossil fuels, but from harmful production emissions with no additional CO2 emissions. This carbon black can be sold on the world market, where the current prices are between $1.5/kg and $2.5/kg.

According to the International Energy Agency, the time is ripe for tapping into H2’s much-vaunted potential contribution to a sustainable energy system. H2 can be used in many more applications than those common today. By using H2-Industries technology, harmful emissions from gas flaring can be avoided and turned into valuable and much-needed green H2 to increase the pace of the energy transition.

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