Hydrogen and Acetylene
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.
Hydrogen for fuel is currently manufactured by several energy-intense processes, including electrolysis of water and steam reforming of natural gas. Electrolysis requires more than twice as much electricity to produce hydrogen, as compared to the Transform process. Steam methane reforming (SMR), the predominant method for generating hydrogen, requires high temperatures and emits greenhouse gases. SMR 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.
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.
Global Hydrogen Merchant Market: $17B to grow to $30B+ by 2030
What is Acetylene?
Acetylene is an essential component for chemical synthesis. As the simplest alkyne, with the formula C2H2, it is used in a wide range of synthetic processes, including the manufacturing of polyvinyl chloride and other essential chemicals, and a wide range of specialty products: vitamins, fragrances, flavors, and many others.
For these uses, acetylene purity is essential so that the chemicals being produced are made flawlessly, without harmful impurities.
While acetylene is familiar as fuel for welding and metal cutting, approximately three-quarters of the world's supply of acetylene is used for chemical manufacturing, where purity is essential.
Generating acetylene requires energy-intensive processes that consume considerable fuel. Acetylene production also depends on large scale plants for favorable economics. Furthermore, the acetylene output from these processes contains multiple impurities and chemical byproducts, all of which must be removed to create an acetylene stream that is suitable for chemical manufacturing. In addition, acetylene is costly and complex to distribute, requiring compression in heavy bottles or tanks and specialized transportation.
Transform Materials' process for generating acetylene is both clean and green. Using modular technology, our process integrates seamlessly with existing industrial systems and architecture to minimize adoption costs. It is readily scalable to match customer needs, whether for large plants or small industrial applications. By producing acetylene at the customer's facility, the Transform Materials system bypasses the need for the complex logistics that have been the norm in the acetylene industry. Most importantly, Transform Materials reactors yield a product of high purity without themselves generating any greenhouse gases.