Hydrogen, electrification and circularity – a plasma chemistry perspective

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A presentation by Prof. Dr. Ir. Gerard van Rooij, Head Circular Engineering Department, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Maastricht University

Sustainable energy generation by means of wind or from solar radiation through photovoltaics or concentrated solar power will continue to increase its share of the energy mix. Intermittency due to e.g. day/night cycle, regional variation in availability, and penetration of sustainable energy into sectors other than electricity such as the chemical industry necessitates means of storage, transport and energy conversion on a large scale.

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BASF, SABIC and Linde join forces to realize the first electrically heated steam cracker furnace

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Steam crackers play a central role in the production of basic chemicals and require a significant amount of energy to break down hydrocarbons into olefins and aromatics. Typically, the reaction is conducted at temperatures of about 850 degrees Celsius in their furnaces. Today these temperatures are reached by burning fossil fuels.

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Clean Hydrogen from Methane Pyrolysis

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A presentation by Pete Johnson, Private Equity Fund Leader at Azimuth Capital Management.
Methane pyrolysis for hydrogen, ie “Turqoise Hydrogen,” is a growing field where more and more commercial companies are being launched. The energy required to release hydrogen from methane or natural gas is approximately 7X less than the energy required to release hydrogen from water, but there are technical challenges for operating pyrolysis furnaces at scale, particularly around carbon management, coking, and carbon product control.

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