Enterprise Europe Network (Profile: TRKR20200628001)
A renowned Korean manufacturer of steam methane reformer for hydrogen refueling system is seeking carbon dioxide reduction technology to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CO2 capture/storage technology (CCS), carbon utilization technology (CCU) and steam plasma technology could be ways to reduce carbon emission and any potential partner possess such technology would be welcomed for further discussion under license, JV or research cooperation agreements.
The hydrogen roadmaps issued by leading countries have contributed to the increase in the number of hydrogen-powered vehicles around the globe. However, although hydron is a carbon-free energy carrier, not everyone is convinced by hydrogen fuelled cars as for the fact that steam reforming process still causes massive emissions of greenhouse gases. This continues to register an unprecedented surge in demand for 100% environmentally-friendly ways of producing hydrogen which includes renewable energy utilization, development of carbon dioxide reduction technology etc. ultimately leading to decarbonisation.
Since establishment in 1998, the Korean company has been recognised as global leader for industrial fired heater, and develops/manufactures steam methane reforming system of natural gas/LPG for on-site hydrogen refueling station based on a national new renewable energy policy. Currently, it is actively seeking carbon dioxide reduction technology to apply throughout the hydrogen production process, and this widely includes as followings : 1) CO2 capture/storage technology (CCS), 2) carbon utilization technology (CCU) and 3) steam plasma methane reforming technology.
Aimed at reducing greenhouse gas, CO2 capture/storage technology (CCS) is the process of capturing wasted carbon dioxide mainly from energy or other energy-intensive sectors such as cement factory, power plants etc. Captured CO2 is then transported through a pipeline, truck, train, ship, etc and stored in three different ways : geological storage, ocean storage and chemical processes.
Some issues, however, occur with the method of CO2 capture.
Usually the captured CO2 is stored in the empty space of stratum in the deep underground which is formed after oil and natural gas extraction. South Korea, however, as no geological structure suitable for storing the captured carbon dioxide due to the lack of oil and natural gas. This naturally affects to the growing demands for carbon capture utilisation technology (CCU). The captured carbon dioxide can be used in various fields, such as chemical raw materials, plastic powder, biofuel, and pharmaceutical manufacturing, through a chemical conversion process.
Additionally, the Korean company has been actively developing steam plasma methane reforming technology for hydrogen production, a next-generation CO2 utilisation and zero-emission industrial processes. When the plasma is subjected to high temperature and pressure, carbon dioxide, whose molecular structure is hard, decomposes. This technology not only avoids the generation of carbon dioxide but it even removes it which already has been emitted so it tends to be called, “ideal hydrogen production method”.
The Korean company is considering technology cooperation with a company, research institution, university, etc. having or developing three technologies mentioned above - CO2 capture/storage technology (CCS), carbon utilization technology (CCU) and steam plasma methane reforming technology - under license agreement, JV agreement and research cooperation agreement.
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