Sustainable energy generation by means of wind or from solar radiation continues to increase its share in energy mix, but a promising option is the synthesis of hydrogen via the chemical industry – for instance, one of the paths is carbon circularity. On 18 May, the Online Clean Hydrogen Conference offered this unique perspective on clean hydrogen production. New technologies were introduced and the speakers shared their experiences on how the existing ones are implemented. With lively discussions and exchanging of contact details in breakout rooms so a lot of useful and proactive interaction.
During this conference, which is part of the Brightlands Chemistry of the Future series, national and international speakers shared their views and experiences of alternatives to electrolysis for producing clean hydrogen. Three alternatives for producing clean hydrogen were discussed during the conference program:
1) the gasification of biomass to produce hydrogen and green CO₂
2) formation of acetylene/ ethylene and hydrogen from natural gas with plasma technology
3) the splitting of natural gas to form pure carbon and hydrogen
The complete program included live presentations from researchers, executives and industry specialists from Brightsite, Sitech Services, TNO, Maastricht University, Monolith Materials, Graforce and Torrgas, as well as lively discussions and interactions between the attendees and speakers during the coffee breaks.
Brightsite ‘s approach to the feedstock transition
In the first part of the conference, Arnold Stokking talked about the feedstock transition towards CO₂ neutral operations. For integrated chemical site’s as Chemelot, the feedstock transition towards CO₂ neutral operations is the dominating topic in view of the Energy transition. Hydrogen is at Chemelot foremost a feedstock. Brightsite is offering an open innovation platform for a fact and science based transition path.
Hydrogen variable cost analysis for multi-product processes
The conference ended with a round-table discussion moderated by Mark van Doorn from Brightlands Chemelot Campus.
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