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 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 process.
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 CO2.
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.