tde energy has teamed up with world leading research groups, specialised in high temperature industrial processes, to develop hydrogen pyrolysis at a scalable industrial solution by 2025. Creating a carbon economy at scale to utilize carbon for value generation by partnering with a network of global experts to provide unique energy efficient technology.
tde hydrogen will support the growing zero-emission demands to:
- Generate competitive hydrogen to make it a viable industrial solution.
- Utilize carbon, the Building Block of Life as valuable secondary raw material for industry, construction, and agriculture to build valuable soil and reduce the irrigation requirements.
- Help secure global food supply reducing the associated water consumption by utilizing carbon.
- Fast track energy transition by capitalizing on a globally existing natural gas infrastructure.
- Provide flexible and modular solutions with hydrogen generation modules minimizing additional transport cost and accelerating deployment.
To supply the industry with CO2 neutral and affordable hydrogen at industrial scale.
Natural gas is abundant globally, but to generate energy in the present day creates carbon dioxide.
tde energy is addressing challenges by transforming natural gas to hydrogen as a scalable, low-cost and sustainable energy carrier, consequently producing solid carbon as secondary raw material by using hydrogen pyrolysis (turquoise hydrogen).
Unique energy efficient technology
tde energy is partnering with network of global experts creating a carbon economy at scale to utilize carbon for value generation, e.g. construction applications.
Our unique process will produce solid carbon at different qualities ready to be used in agriculture and as input for industrial processes while providing the following advantages:
- Less energy demand: Pyrolysis uses only 20% of the energy compared to water electrolysis. That allows allocation of the initially sparse renewable energy resource to be utilized for more applications besides hydrogen production. In addition, the catalytic nature of the tde process reduces further the energy costs.
- No water demand: Production of 1kg “green” hydrogen uses 9kg fresh water. Often the additional demand of green energy or the use of fossil fuel for desalination is not accounted for. Typically, sun rich areas with usable footprint for solar panels which are not competing with agricultural use are often located in areas with limited water supply. Today the cost of desalinated water is around 1$/m3 which equals to approximately 1 cent/l
- No carbon dioxide or carbon dioxide sink: Compared to other hydrogen processes such as grey and blue hydrogen, the turquoise pyrolysis does not create carbon dioxide. Therefore, the turquoise process produces no fugitive emissions. While it can be argued that leakage in the methane production upstream process creates a hydrogen footprint, it is also shown that modern dry gas production units create 10 times less methane or carbon dioxide leakage (Marcellus shale) compared to old production basins (Permian basin) with commingled production. If the generated carbon is used as value material. i.e., for tires or construction materials it helps to decarbonize other sectors and create a negative carbon balance.
- Decentralization: Hydrogen production close to the user enables sector coupling and reduced distribution costs.
- Use of existent infrastructure: Pyrolysis plays an important part of the strategy to minimize “stranded assets” and guides a smooth and rapid transition from the fossil ecosystem into a decarbonized economy: stranded assets are production and processing facilities, e.g. processing terminals and distribution infrastructure, e.g. pipelines, tankers.
tde pyrolysis process ensures the use and a significant part of this infrastructure and the preservation of its assets preventing them from premature decommission or written off.
- Non-Volatile Carbon Side Products: CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) is an unproven technology and larger scale trial examples are few. Potential leakage, storage and handling of carbon dioxide is difficult. This is acknowledged by the IEA report stating that only 20% of the carbon emissions are suitable for CCS. Carbon in is solid state is easier to transport, store and can be used for the manufacturing of products with great potential ranging from agricultural and construction application to high tech application such as anodes and high materials. It is also chemically inert like coal.
- Resilience: Having an alternate production method for hydrogen improves and makes the production more reliable in case of unforeseen interruptions and less dependable on hydrogen imports
- Reduced shipment costs: Gas is easier to be shipped than hydrogen. Currently, the gas transport network is established (LNG and pipelines). Analysts calculated that shipment of liquified hydrogen over 1500 km will exceed the production costs of green hydrogen. Also, maritime shipment is associated with carbon dioxide emissions.
- Faster energy transition: In the current scenario there is no sufficient renewable energy available to promote the decarbonization of the existing hydrogen demand of ca. 100Mt in Europe by 2030. Pyrolysis can bridge the deficit of 69TWh renewable energy, safe ca. 48 Mt carbon dioxide emissions and has energy left to supply other sectors.
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