BASF, The Linde Group and ThyssenKrupp plan to develop an
environmentally-friendly and competitive to
utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce syngas on an
industrial scale, the companies said on Tuesday.
They aim to employ innovative process technology to use carbon
dioxide as a raw material, with positive effects on climate
Together with BASF's subsidiary hte AG and scientific partners
VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut, Düsseldorf, and TU
Dortmund University, the companies are developing a two-stage
In the first step, an innovative high-temperature technology will process natural
gas to obtain hydrogen and carbon. Compared to other
processes, this technology produces very little
The hydrogen is then reacted with large volumes of CO2, also
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, which started on July 1,
2013, and is expected to last three years.
"Methane decomposition complements our existing technology
portfolio as well as our hydrogen, CO2 and syngas
businesses," said Dr. Harald Ranke, head of clean energy
technology at Linde.
"Compared to standard procedures of hydrogen generation, this
new technology stands out for its higher
efficiency and for reducing CO2 emissions by half," he added.
"We figure that customers from both the industrial and the
hydrogen mobility sector might benefit from this."
More details on the process can be found at Linde's website.