Pure Hydrogen Corporation Limited (PH2) (an Australian clean energy company) and Synergen Met Pty Limited have agreed to establish a 50/50 Joint Venture to produce hydrogen gas and solid carbon products, H2 Bulletin reports.
The partners will use Synergen’s modular technology to produce hydrogen from natural gas using the plasma pyrolysis process.
The project will be divided into two stages. In the first stage, the JV will build a prototype of a shipping container-sized module with a production capacity of about 1,400 kg of hydrogen and 4,200 kg of the value-added carbon product. The plant will be installed adjacent to the Pure Venus CSG Pilot near Miles in Queensland, starting in the second half of 2022.
Electricity will be supplied from diverse sources including on-site power generation and solar, whereas if the grid power is sourced from renewables, the hydrogen production would not result in any greenhouse emission.
The second phase will be built upon the first phase’s success focusing on developing the carbon products such as synthetic graphite, graphene flakes, or carbon nanotubes using PH2’s natural gas resources in Queensland and Botswana.
The JV will likely produce carbon nanotubes which are cylindrical molecules that consist of rolled-up sheets for graphene. They have multiple applications and can be used in products that need high strength, durability, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and lightweight.
The methane decomposition module will be housed in a standard 12 metre (40-foot) shipping container. As the module will of a standard shipping container size and design, it would have the flexibility of shipping anywhere there is an adequate supply of natural gas methane for the hydrogen production.
Scott Brown, MD PH2, said, “This is a very promising commercial development for Pure Hydrogen and for Synergen as we are combining proven technology with a methane resource to produce hydrogen and solid carbon products.”