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Sustainable Hydrogen Production

The world needs hydrogen to decarbonise human activity, but current hydrogen production is based on methane, and this releases CO2. Omnagen’s SPOCC Reactor can re-use that CO2 by reacting it with methane and air at elevated temperature: once at temperature, the reactions are self-sustaining.

Large-scale hydrogen production reacts methane with steam to make hydrogen plus CO2. This is known as 'grey' hydrogen, and according to the IEA* releases 830Mt/year of CO2 into the atmosphere. This is more than the combined total emissions of the UK and France. It is not only a large contribution towards global warming, but also a wasted resource, because the chemical industry needs carbon to make its products.

This one application of the SPOCC Reactor has the potential to save 2.2% of global CO2 emissions!

According to the same IEA source, global demand for hydrogen is 70Mt/year. In 2019 ‘green’ hydrogen production from water electrolysis was just 0.36Mt/year. Demand for hydrogen is increasing rapidly, for use in transportation, in homes, and decarbonising industry. The projected increased supply of ‘green’ hydrogen is unlikely to keep up with that demand, let alone replace existing supplies.

There is an urgent need to make existing hydrogen production facilities more sustainable. Some favour CCS (carbon capture and storage), but demand for chemicals and plastics is increasing in line with population growth. So it makes sense to re-use the carbon dioxide rather than bury it.

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Sustainable 'grey' hydrogen production incorporating the SPOCC Reactor. We call this 'sky blue' hydrogen to distinguish it from 'blue' hydrogen where the CO2 is captured, liquified and buried, rather than re-used without producing any further emissions.

*IEA Hydrogen Report




The SPOCC Reactor provides a route for converting biogas into biofuels, with no emissions.

Biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide, is formed by the action of bacteria on organic matter in the absence of oxygen (known as anaerobic conditions). This is the ideal input for the SPOCC Reactor which converts it to syngas, which existing processes can convert into biofuels.

If waste organic matter is used as the raw material, then this provides a sustainable route to the production of fuel for aviation, marine and commercial vehicles. The product has a negative carbon footprint. This would allow airports and airlines to continue using their existing infrastructure. For more information.

SPOCC Reactor

SPOCC Reactor

Some of the largest chemical manufacturing processes result in the massive release of greenhouse gasses. Today’s problem is how to deal with them.

Our SPOCC Reactor has been designed to transform the efficiency and environmental impact of the production of hydrogen and other bulk chemicals in manufacturing plants. Our reactor provides an elegant solution to eliminating CO2 emissions, and is scalable to match large or small industrial requirements.

The SPOCC Reactor combines carbon dioxide with methane and air at elevated temperature to produce useful chemicals. Once the reaction is up to working temperature, it becomes self sustaining, so no external energy is needed. The technology is patented.

Take a look to see how the technology works.