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
They aim to employ innovative process technology to use carbon dioxide as a raw material,
with positive effects on climate protection.
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.