Converting Flare Gas into clean hydrogen

H2-Industries will provide an integrated solution of hydrogen production and supply converting environmentally harmful flaring gases from oil production fields to clean hydrogen and solid carbon. Hydrogen created from the flaring gases can be used as a fuel or an industrial feedstock and therefore has many possible applications across the industrial, transportation, power generation and building sectors.

Most importantly, this technological solution combines the dual benefits of producing carbon free energy and in parallel eliminating a variety of serious environmental pollution risks caused by harmful flare gas components. The so produced hydrogen can be stored, transported and released according to customer needs. Focusing on circular economy, the second product solid Carbon is well known as a very stable, long-term Carbon sink. In addition, Carbon creates remarkable value too for a variety of industrial use cases. This are the main reasons, why this technology will play a major role as viable solution to decarbonize our planet.

Flaring Gas Emission Contributed to Global Warming

Flaring of hydrocarbons occurs when crude oil is extracted from underground and natural gas is brought to the surface. Particularly in areas with limited infrastructure such as offshore, this gas is burned often with devastating effects to the environment and local communities. According to the IEA 144  bcm of natural gas was flared globally in 2021 – roughly equivalent to the natural gas demand of Central and South America. This resulted in around 382 million t CO2, black soot and other GHGs being directly emitted into the atmosphere. Six countries (Russia, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, the United States and Algeria) accounted for more than half of all volumes flared globally in 2021.

The practice has persisted from the beginning of oil production over 100 years ago and continues today due to market and economic constraints. According to The World Bank, flaring is a monumental waste of a valuable natural resource that should either be used for productive purposes, such as generating power: the amount of gas that is currently flared each year – about 144 billion cubic meters – could power 20% of whole Africa.

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Converting Flare Gas into clean hydrogen

H2-Industries’ process chain combines all steps of a safe and competitive hydrogen supply.

The integrated solution includes Hydrogen conversion, safe delivery in LOHC and provides a “full service” Hydrogen customer supply package.

As flare gas compositions vary in a wide range, the process filters out pure methane CH4, which reacts in the methane pyrolysis process to hydrogen and solid carbon. H2-Industries uses standardized modules, scalable, in semi-serial manufacturing pre-assembled in 20’ and 40’ containers for highest quality and efficient offshore/onshore hook up. The clean hydrogen will be stored in ISO container tanks using H2-Industries’ Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier technology (LOHC).

H2-Industries’ flaring gas to hydrogen technology provides an economic opportunity especially for oil and gas companies and for the countries where they operate to support their ambitious hydrogen road maps.

The use of this technology opens attractive supply chain opportunities towards international off-takers, e.g. adding downstream production lines to produce synthetic fuels (eDiesel or Sustainable Aviation Fuel): or to be used in other sectors as emission-free, clean energy for industrial applications.

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