Hydrogen – a Clean Source of Power
Hydrogen, when consumed to generate power in a fuel cell or power plant, combines with the oxygen in the atmosphere and yields only water. Thus it is a "clean" fuel that does not produce any greenhouse gases. Hydrogen is an attractive energy source for transportation applications, replacing greenhouse gas-emitting materials such as gasoline and diesel. It can also be used to produce electricity instead of traditional sources such as oil, coal, and natural gas.
Current Hydrogen Production – Inefficient and Complex
Hydrogen for fuel is currently manufactured by several energy-intense processes, including electrolysis of water and steam reforming of natural gas. Electrolysis requires about twice as much electricity to produce hydrogen, as compared to the Transform process. Methane steam reforming (MSR), the predominant method for generating hydrogen, requires high temperatures and emits greenhouse gases. MSR must be carried out in large installations, demanding significant capital investment. These large-scale production plants also create distribution challenges in getting the hydrogen delivered to the ultimate customer – access to dedicated hydrogen pipelines is limited so that most hydrogen must be compressed, bottled, and trucked to end-users.
The Transform Materials Process – Efficient and Scalable
Transform Materials offers a process for generating hydrogen that avoids the drawbacks of conventional hydrogen production. Our system is a simple, green technology that efficiently yields a high purity product. With modular systems, we are able to scale hydrogen production to meet customers’ needs in a cost-effective way. Transform Materials enables a distributed model for delivering hydrogen by producing hydrogen on-site and on-demand.