1414 Degrees acquires new hydrogen technology


Energy technologies developer 1414 Degrees has announced it has acquired exclusive rights to a new method for producing net zero hydrogen from natural gas.

The invention by the University of Adelaide (UoA) is the subject of an international patent application.

The rights are in addition to rights acquired in January, also from the UoA, for a dual column fluid reactor which is an integral component of the company’s methane pyrolysis hydrogen technology.

The complementary UoA inventions comprise a complete technology for efficient low-emission hydrogen production.

1414 Degrees plans to combine these technologies with the SiBox silicon based energy storage technology it is developing in partnership with Woodside Energy Technologies.

In April the company announced a SiBox demonstration plant had delivered continuous process heat at levels needed for industrial use.

1414 Degrees CEO Dr Kevin Moriarty said: “Incorporating our silicon storage technologies will allow charging to occur when electricity prices are low, while sustaining round the clock heat supply for production in a factory.

“We are excited to use these patents in our quest to decarbonise high-temperature industries.”

The new patent is for a process optimising energy use and increasing energy efficiency of converting natural gas to hydrogen and carbon.

The process involves gas recycling and heat recovery which 1414 Degrees said in a statement could achieve higher reaction efficiencies compared to existing processes.

“By incorporating SiBrick silicon energy storage into the technology, we plan to increase the use of renewable energy and potentially eliminate the need to use hydrogen or methane for process heat, further increasing the hydrogen yield from the process.

“Using renewable power and hybridising with biogas would result in zero net carbon dioxide emissions.”

Further reading:
1414 Degrees demonstrates storage and discharge of industrial process heat

Picture: Picture: 1414 Degrees/SiBox

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