How it Works

Converting natural gas to high-quality acetylene and hydrogen in 4 steps

Step 1: Microwave Plasma Reactor

First, natural gas enters our microwave plasma reactor. Transform uses plasma to convert natural gas into acetylene and hydrogen without oxygen—which means no CO2 is produced. This pioneering technology yields incredibly high conversion, selectivity and energy efficiency, and a very low carbon footprint – features unique to Transform that have not been achieved by any competitors.

Step 2: Absorber

The gas exits the reactor and enters a column system where trace impurities are removed. This polishing process uses commercially available materials and consistently yields high-purity products.

Step 3: Acetylene purification

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The gas then enters our acetylene purification columns, where acetylene is selectively recovered in a highly pure form. . The purification technology is industry standard, well-established, and in wide commercial use, minimizing technological risk. The acetylene is greater than 99.6% pure, meeting or exceeding industry requirements.

Step 4: Hydrogen purification

Hydrogen is purified in a pressure swing adsorber, generating ultra-high purity hydrogen,  industry standard 99.99% pure, which is ideal for broad usage. The absorber technology is tried and true, and easily implemented with Transform’s hydrogen streams.