Williams announced a direct investment in Aurora Hydrogen, a company developing technology that converts natural gas to hydrogen with zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Aurora Hydrogen’s technology uses microwave energy to convert methane to hydrogen and solid carbon without generating CO2. Williams’ investment will support scaling production to 200 kg of hydrogen per day, with the development of a demonstration plant by 2023.
Williams was joined by Energy Innovation Capital (EIC), Chevron Technology Ventures, Shell Ventures and the George Kaiser Family Foundation in the investment in Aurora Hydrogen.
Hydrogen production from the Aurora technology can significantly reduce global CO2 emissions while using less electricity than other hydrogen production methods and avoiding the need for CO2 sequestration. The process does not require water as a feedstock, preserving another critical resource.
Williams invested in its Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) program, which is intended to support efforts to commercialize emerging technologies, including clean hydrogen, solar, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) and next-generation natural gas.
Chad Zamarin, Senior VP at Williams, said, “Williams is well positioned to transport, store and deliver next-generation natural gas and accelerate the development of zero-carbon energy sources, including hydrogen and renewables. The investment in Aurora Hydrogen further demonstrates our commitment to develop solutions that continue to meet growing energy needs while helping customers achieve sustainability goals.”