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Hydrogen Generation

GTI Energy focuses R&D efforts on the generation of clean hydrogen from different feedstocks through a variety of processes. Although hydrogen burns with zero emissions, it is often produced in a way that creates GHG emissions, but there is a lot of potential to reduce the GHG impact based on the way it is created. Hydrogen can be produced with low or no carbon emissions, but selecting the best hydrogen generation technology often depends on the application.

By incorporating carbon capture and/or carbon sequestration in a cost-effective manner, clean hydrogen can be generated from hydrocarbons for large scale or smaller distributed production. The process of creating hydrogen via electrolysis is being pursued to store renewable electricity from wind or solar in a form that will provide dispatchable lower-carbon energy to consumers that could be used for remote and back-up power generation.

GTI Energy has developed technologies to make hydrogen on-site from renewable feedstocks to minimize costs of hydrogen transportation. GTI Energy’s micro-scale steam methane reforming (SMR) technology utilizes renewable gas from digester plants or landfills to generate hydrogen on-site. GTI Energy has a long history of building and operating on-site hydrogen generation and dispensing stations to fuel vehicle fleets. Another example is gasifying renewable agricultural or woody biomass to generate renewable hydrogen—one of the major components of the syngas created by gasification. GTI Energy has decades of expertise in biomass conversion, gas quality, clean-up, and processing which is being used to support projects from SunGas Renewables, Inc.

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Advancing transparency and credibility to hydrogen markets

GTI Energy, S&P Global Platts, and National Energy Technology Laboratory have launched the Open Hydrogen Initiative, a consortium working to redefine how the world measures and benchmarks the carbon intensity of hydrogen production at the asset level.

Capabilities

Low-carbon and renewable hydrogen production

  • Hydrogen production technology development, design, and testing
    • Compact hydrogen generator
    • Liquid phase reforming
    • Biomass gasification
    • Ammonia-based production
  • System modeling
  • Field demonstration support
GTI’s hydrogen testing and storage laboratory has an environmental chamber that houses production, purification, and compression equipment—including a full-size cascade storage system—to provide high-pressure gaseous hydrogen for testing.

Key Initiatives

SUCCESS STORY

Converting Biogas to Hydrogen to Run Military Fuel Cell Vehicles

GTI Energy and the Department of Defense successfully completed a project to condition wastewater treatment biogas into a high-quality biomethane fuel that is converted to hydrogen (via steam reforming) to operate military base vehicles with hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Hydrogen generated at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s water treatment plant was used to power 19 fuel cell forklifts and a fuel cell shuttle bus for a 12 month demonstration. GTI Energy designed, built and installed the waste gas clean-up system and hydrogen generation infrastructure at the base.

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