The technology does not split water molecules to produce hydrogen, but instead splits nitrogen and hydrocarbon compounds found in wastewater or other feedstocks.
The company’s, so-called ‘Plasmalyzers’ use a high-frequency voltage field (plasma) generated from solar or wind energy splits nitrogen and carbon compounds into their atoms.
These elements then recombine in the plasma field. Hydrogen and other gases escape are separated in membranes. The process produces carbon dioxide free hydrogen and other synthetic industrial gases from various feedstocks.
Graforce has said, its plasma electrolysis requires considerably less energy than more traditional electrolysis methods. While water electrolysis needs 50kWh/kg H2 to produce 1kg of hydrogen, from methane takes only 10kWh or 20kWh from wastewater.
Dr. Jens Hanke, Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Graforce, said, “Whether as fuel, heat source or a raw material, green hydrogen can make a significant contribution to achieving climate targets in many industries.
“Our plants produce green hydrogen from methane, wastewater, liquid manure, or ammonia. We thus close energy and material cycles and make a significant contribution to a future without fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions. And we deliver this quickly and cost-effectively.”
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