BASF, the Linde Group and ThyssenKrupp formed a research consortium to develop an environmentally friendly and competitive two-stage process technology together with BASF’s subsidiary hte GmbH and scientific partners VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut, Düsseldorf, and TU Dortmund University: In the first step, an innovative high-temperature technology will process natural gas to obtain hydrogen and carbon. The hydrogen then is reacting with carbon dioxide from other industrial processes, to give syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Syngas is a key raw material for the chemical industry and is also suitable for producing fuels. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is subsidizing the project within its R&D program “Technologies for Sustainability and Climate Protection – Chemical Processes and Use of CO2”. The project started on July 1, 2013, and is expected to last three years. In hydrogen production alone, CO2 emissions are expected to be about 50 percent lower than in current standard processes of methane steam reforming. At the same time, this process produces hydrogen at particularly competitive costs.
Challenges of the process development, work package split between the partners, current status and first results are presented.
Basic technology aspects, assumptions for carbon footprint calculation, work packages and current status are presented.