Hydrogen, electrification and circularity – a plasma chemistry perspective Part 2

Plasma technology can be used to produce hydrogen from methane without CO2 emission, while also forming useful hydrocarbon compounds. This process involves heating to a high temperature using a plasma instead of natural gas.

During the production of ammonia and artificial fertilizer, hydrogen is extracted from natural gas (the main component of which is methane). As part of that process, CO2 is generated as a by-product and the majority of that is released into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to the total greenhouse gas emissions.

By making use of plasma technology, we can utilize methane in an effective way by converting it into hydrogen and high-quality hydrocarbons, such as acetylene and ethene, which forms the basis of plastics, without releasing any CO2.

Brightsite is establishing a new plasma lab with the aim of optimizing existing plasma technology, developing new plasma processes and taking an important step towards the ultimate circular chemistry.

A presentation by Hans Linden, Senior Project Manager / Business Development, TNO


Question 1: What drives you?
I prefer to work on technologies which should result in a sustainable planet

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Presentation shows an old technology with renewed attention to produce hydrogen and minimizing GHG emission

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Technologies that are energy effective and are scalable

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Stepping stone towards a GHG emission free chemical industry.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Time and money

About Brightsite
Brightsite, a PPP (Public / Private Partnership), founded by Sitech Services, TNO, University of Maatricht and Brightlands Chemelot Campus Organization, is thriving primarily for a climate neutral Chemelot Industrial Park by 2050. Brightsite will have an open innovation approach seeking cooperation with various relevant companies and knowledge providers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Brightsite will actively seek cooperation for the larger benefit of climate neutral chemistry and a strong economic environment for business and employment in the process industry.
Brightsite will operate over all Technology Readiness Levels from fundamental research toward demonstrators ready for implementation by the industry. Brightsite will stimulate research, engineering and education at the various relevant levels.
Brightsite thrives to accomplish the most sustainable process industry site of Europe and by doing so creating a vibrant and strong business environment for current and new business at Chemelot as well as for the Netherlands and neighbouring countries.

Hans Linden will be speaking at the 2021 edition of the Clean Hydrogen Conference.

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