New technology is providing a clean solution to hydrogen production. Rotoboost – a global hydrogen company, received New Technology Qualification from ABS – a company delivering technical service, expertise, and standards for safety across industries, for a first-of-a-kind, pre-combustion carbon capture system based on the thermocatalytic decomposition process from Rotoboost.
Rotoboost’s process allows for continuous hydrogen production and carbon capture onboard marine vessels. It produces the so-called turquoise hydrogen from natural gas that leaves solid carbon as a by-product instead of CO2 gas that is normally emitted into the atmosphere afterwards.
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The turquoise hydrogen can be used for fuel cells or as a blend-in fuel for combustion engines or gas-fired boilers. The process reduces overall carbon emissions from hydrogen production by up to 100% depending on the heating method.
“Decomposing methane into hydrogen and solid carbon is an intelligent way to implement a carbon capture and storage (CCS) solution onboard gas-fueled ships. This method reduces the storage need onboard, and the solid carbon can be used in the production of fuel cells and batteries and can be recycled again and again. This technology is one that promises to accelerate the energy transition, supporting global decarbonization goals,” said Georgios Plevrakis, ABS Vice President, Global Sustainability.
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According to Kaisa Nikulainen, Rotoboost CEO, the pre-combustion carbon capture system can be scaled up modularly step-by-step to meet increasing emission regulations. It can also be cost-effective for ship owners compared to green fuels or conventional carbon capture systems.