PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (a high-tech Company) has launched a new zero-carbon emission (ZCE) hydrogen production technology which is expected to compete with other conventional technologies.
PyroGenesis’ new hydrogen production technology is now entering a testing phase and is expected to convert methane to ZCE hydrogen. The hydrogen generated by this process would be categorised under ‘Turquoise Hydrogen’. PyroGenesis does not expect that its new process would compete with its iron ore pelletisation offering where fossil fuel burners are replaced with plasma torches but, in fact, would complement the plasma torch offerings by providing a hydrogen alternative elsewhere in the manufacturing process.
PyroGenesis’ technology boasts a theoretical electricity cost three times lower than that of water electrolysis to produce the same amount of hydrogen. The technology would be easily scalable, and its capital cost per hydrogen production unit is comparable to that of steam methane reforming technology.
Separately, HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. (silicon solutions and technology development company) has completed the first round of testing EBH2 technology. The tests confirmed that the EBH2 Green Hydrogen Reactors (EBH2 GHR) use low voltage to power electrolysers that generate an H2 + O2 gas mixture fuels that can be used to power a generator or any fuel system to produce electricity.
The testing scope was limited by mechanical equipment issues, which did not allow the validation of EBH2 key claim, its very high conversion efficiency, but EBH2 is presently working on resolving the equipment issues. EBH2 has filed a provisional patent for its proprietary low-cost electrolysis technology that it claims can efficiently extract hydrogen (H2) from water.