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Hydrogen Production Technology: SnMR by Proteum Energy for Low Carbon Intensity Fuel

Here’s an article from Innovation News Network.

According to the article,

  • SnMR™ hydrogen production technology is more efficient at producing hydrogen than traditional steam reforming methods.
  • The Proteum Energy platform can be integrated directly into the ethanol producer’s plant, allowing the producer to sell hydrous 80-100 proof ethanol versus the 190-proof anhydrous and denatured final product.
  • Proteum Energy has partnered with the University of Regina Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute (CETRI) to research and improve hydrogen yields.

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Proteum Energy’s innovative hydrogen production technology, known as Steam non-Methane Reforming (SnMR™), represents a significant advancement in the field. Let’s delve into the process in detail:

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  1. Origin of the Name: The name ‘Proteum’ is derived from the Latin word ‘proteus,’ which is rooted in ancient Greek mythology. Proteus was known for his ability to change shape or transform, reflecting the essence of the technology’s capability for complex change or reformation. Moreover, it draws a parallel with ‘protium,’ the most common isotope of hydrogen.
  2. The SnMR Process:
    • Feedstock Diversity: SnMR technology reformulates various non-methane and oxygenated hydrocarbon feedstocks into hydrogen. This versatility allows for the utilization of feedstocks beyond just natural gas.
    • Environmental Advantages: Compared to traditional Steam Methane Reforming (SMR), SnMR is more environmentally friendly. It requires less energy and water for the reformation process. The resulting by-products include hydrogen, methane, carbon dioxide, and trace amounts of carbon monoxide.
    • CO2 Sequestration: SnMR facilitates efficient CO2 capture for sequestration, contributing to carbon footprint reduction.
    • Modular Platform: The technology is integrated into a modular platform based on established shell and tube reactor designs. This design enables distributed deployment in regional markets, reducing transportation costs and environmental impact.
  3. Utilization of Natural Gas By-Products:
    • Ethane Utilization: Proteum Energy capitalizes on excess residue gas and rejected ethane from natural gas production. These by-products serve as feedstocks for hydrogen production, mitigating methane emissions and providing an additional revenue stream.
    • Integration with Ethanol Production: The SnMR platform can be integrated directly into ethanol plants. This integration allows ethanol producers to diversify their product offerings, generate additional revenue through hydrogen sales, and reduce reliance on blending ethanol into gasoline.
  4. Partnerships for Research and Development:
    • Collaboration with CETRI: Proteum Energy collaborates with the University of Regina Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute (CETRI) to enhance hydrogen yields and ensure sustainable production. This partnership underscores the commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.
  5. Benefits of Regional Production:
    • Transportation Efficiency: Regional production facilities reduce transportation costs and carbon emissions associated with long-distance transport. This proximity to end-users enhances market accessibility and reduces logistical complexities.
    • Renewable Ethanol as a Carrier: Renewable ethanol serves as a liquid hydrogen carrier, facilitating efficient regional distribution. This combination of modular hydrogen production technology and renewable ethanol offers flexibility and cost-effectiveness.
  6. Localized Ammonia Production:
    • Advantages of Modular Ammonia Production: Proteum Energy’s modular ammonia production supports local communities by offering greater flexibility to growers. By producing anhydrous ammonia closer to agricultural centers, it reduces transportation costs, enhances safety, and minimizes greenhouse gas emissions.
  7. Ongoing Projects and Expansion:
    • Project Overview: Proteum Energy is actively pursuing hydrogen production projects utilizing both ethanol and fossil-based feedstocks. These projects include a 30 TPD FCEV hydrogen plant in California and 60-120 TPD anhydrous ammonia production in North Dakota. Additionally, affiliations with partners in the UK and Europe demonstrate the company’s global expansion strategy.

In summary, Proteum Energy’s SnMR technology represents a significant advancement in hydrogen production, offering environmental benefits, operational efficiency, and regional market integration. Through strategic partnerships, ongoing research, and innovative solutions, Proteum Energy is poised to drive sustainable hydrogen production and contribute to the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

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About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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