H2: The Hydrogen hooks ups are forming fast and global

January 15, 2023 |

The bioeconomy is rocking as the week begins with news from the US and Europe and major moves in hydrogen. Today, we’ll look at the Topsoe/Fidelis New Energy and Raven SR/Chart Industries partnerships.

Topsoe / Fidelis New Energy form Hydrogen Technology Alliance

From Denmark comes news that Topsoe and Fidelis New Energy have entered into a global alliance for technology used for producing carbon neutral hydrogen. The alliance pairs Topsoe’s hydrogen process portfolio with FidelisH2 technology for reduction of lifecycle carbon emissions in hydrogen production. Combined, the alliance solution enables the production of hydrogen from natural gas with a lifecycle carbon intensity of 0 kgCO2e / kgH2.

Fidelis and Topsoe will jointly and exclusively license FidelisH2 alongside Topsoe’s blue hydrogen technology portfolio. Topsoe will lead engagement with potential licensees interested in utilizing FidelisH2 to produce carbon neutral hydrogen at world scale using proven technologies.

The Topsoe backstory

Topsoe’s hydrogen process portfolio includes both steam methane reforming and SynCOR autothermal reforming solutions to produce hydrogen with integrated carbon capture. FidelisH2 is a solution for incorporation of renewable energy into reforming processes to achieve clean hydrogen production. The integration of these proven technologies offered through the alliance provides a scalable solution for generating climate and environmental incentives such as the 45V tax credits provided in the United States Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

The Fidelis backstory

Fidelis New Energy is driving decarbonization through infrastructure development and investments in renewable fuels, low or negative carbon intensity products, and carbon capture and storage through a portfolio technologies to address climate and energy security challenges. The company is perhaps best known in bioeconomy circles for the Grön Fuels project in Louisiana — more on that here.

Raven SR/ Chart Industries form Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Storage partnership

From the US comes news that Raven SR and Chart Industries will collaborate on the liquefaction, storage, and transportation of hydrogen as well as pure carbon dioxide produced from Raven SR’s non-combustion Steam/CO2 Reformation process of converting waste to renewable fuel.

The collaboration includes Chart providing Raven SR with engineering packages and equipment to enhance Raven SR’s flexibility in supplying hydrogen as well as CO2 as a product. Chart provides Raven SR a supply chain solution for converting captured biocarbon from Raven’s proprietary waste-to-fuels process into a liquefied product, averting emissions

The Raven SR technology

Raven SR produces transportation-grade hydrogen as well as Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels, including sustainable aviation fuel, using local waste as a feedstock, including green waste, municipal solid waste, organic waste, and methane from municipal solid waste or stranded natural gas wells. A byproduct of this process is captured CO2, which when liquefied is a commodity used for food and beverage production, fertilizer production, and other consumer applications. In addition, CO2 can be a feedstock for concrete or alternative fuels such as eFuels.

The Raven SR technology is a non-combustion thermal, chemical reductive process that converts organic waste and landfill gas to hydrogen and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels. Unlike other hydrogen production technologies, its Steam/CO2 Reformation does not require fresh water as a feedstock. Its modular design provides a means to locally produce renewable hydrogen and synthetic liquid fuels from waste.

The Chart backstory

Chart Industries is a engineering design and manufacturer of highly engineered equipment servicing multiple applications in the clean energy and industrial gas markets. Its product portfolio is used in every phase of the liquid gas supply chain, including upfront engineering, service and repair.

Reaction from the stakeholders

Topsoe and Fidelis

Henrik Rasmussen, Managing Director, The Americas, Topsoe, said “This is an exciting partnership to lead the way to achieve net-zero in 2050. I look forward to working with Fidelis in setting the bar high regarding transitional energy technologies. With this alliance, we can offer clients across all industrial sectors, a proven and exceptional carbon neutral hydrogen solution.”

Co-Founder and CEO of Fidelis, Dan Shapiro, said “We are excited to partner with Topsoe, the leading provider of hydrogen production technology and catalysts. After several years of work with Topsoe leadership, catalysts, and technologies, we are pleased to formally join forces with them through this Global Alliance Agreement to deliver carbon neutral hydrogen produced from Topsoe’s Blue Portfolio and the innovative and novel FidelisH2 process.”

Fidelis Co-Founder and COO, Bengt Jarlsjo added, “We look forward to deploying FidelisH2 across our future projects and to providing other select users a path to zero carbon intensity clean hydrogen utilizing certified natural gas and renewable energy.”

Raven SR and Chart

“By partnering with Chart Industries, Raven SR will be able to optimize our facilities’ production of clean fuels, strengthening both project deployment and regional fuel supply,” said Matt Murdock, CEO of Raven SR. “As we expand globally, it is essential for Raven SR to collaborate with a world leader in hydrogen and carbon dioxide storage and transportation in order to increase energy efficiency throughout the supply chain.”

“We are excited to partner with Raven SR, a world leader in sustainable solutions, including waste to energy and transportation applications,” stated Jill Evanko, Chart’s CEO and President. “This collaboration brings two companies together that combined can offer a robust solution set of options for renewables customers as well as further progressing our customers’ CO2 reduction goals.

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