- TerraVent Environmental Partners with Texas Tech University to Accelerate Development of Sub-Dollar per Kilogram Hydrogen Production
MELBOURNE, FL– TerraVent Environmental, a clean energy company based in Florida, working in collaboration with The Hope Group at Texas Tech University, provided Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) with the necessary data to perform a Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) on Hydrogen production using TerraVent’s proprietary Electromagnetic (EM) Heating technology.
The TEA and LCA performed by ANL evaluates a new method of production of Hydrogen from natural gas reservoirs (the Hope Process), producing high purity Hydrogen and leaving the Carbon sequestered underground. TerraVent’s Heatwave® EM Heating process, coupled with the Hope Process at Texas Tech and downholeHydrogen permeable membranes, will produce low-cost, carbon-zero Hydrogen, replacing existing processes with more Greenhouse Gas footprint. The research is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy under the Hydrogen Shot Incubator Prize Program and The CH Foundation.
According to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, the DOE is “focused on developing technologies that can produce hydrogen at $2/kg by 2026 and $1/kg by 2031 via net-zero-carbon pathways, in support of the Hydrogen Energy Earthshot goal of reducing the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade (“1 1 1″).”
Argonne National Lab’s Techno-Economic Analysis concluded that the TerraVent and Texas Tech Hydrogen production method would cost between $0.86 – $1.47 per Kg Hydrogen.
“The cost of Hydrogen production is an impediment to growth and adoption of Hydrogen as a clean fuel,” said Allan Adzima, Chief Operating Officer of TerraVent. “Over the next decade, Hydrogen production must significantly scale up and become cost effective to enable pathways to Net Zero. Through our collaboration with Texas Tech University, we will accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies that reduce CO2 emissions, while lowering production costs to the Department of Energy’s targeted range, supporting a sustainable Hydrogen economy.”
TerraVent‘s emerging clean technologies in Hydrogen, Essential Minerals, and Industrial Heating are poised to bring disruptive change to historically carbon-intensive industries, while also increasing efficiency and lowering costs.
The Hope Group, established by Dr. Qingwang Yuan at Texas Tech, has been focused on Hydrogen Production from the Earth’s subsurface, and aims to accelerate and secure energy transition by unlocking the potential of the Earth’s subsurface for low-cost, carbon-zero, carbon-free, and carbon-negative Hydrogen production.
Texas Tech and TerraVent Targeting Clean, Affordable Hydrogen Production
A group of researchers from the Department of Petroleum Engineering has partnered with a Florida-based clean energy company to produce affordable hydrogen.
Texas Tech University researchers are partnering with TerraVent Environmental, a clean energy company based in Florida, to bring affordable hydrogen energy solutions to the public.
Yuan and his team, The HOPE Group, focus on hydrogen production from the Earth’s subsurface. Together with TerraVent, they provided the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) with the data needed to perform techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life-cycle analysis (LCA) on TerraVent’s proprietary electromagnetic heating technology.
“The cost of hydrogen production is an impediment to growth and adoption of Hydrogen as a clean fuel,” said TerraVent Chief Operating Officer Allan Adzima. “Over the next decade, hydrogen production must significantly scale up and become cost-effective to enable pathways to net zero. Through our collaboration with Texas Tech University, we will accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies that reduce CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions, while lowering production costs to the Department of Energy’s targeted range, supporting a sustainable hydrogen economy.”
ANL’s analyses concluded that the TerraVent and Texas Tech hydrogen production method would be financially viable with a kilogram of hydrogen potentially produced for as little as 86 cents.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the Hydrogen Shot Incubator Prize Program, along with experimental results funded by The CH Foundation, the analyses are a promising step in meeting the DOE’s stated goal of being able to produce one kilogram of hydrogen for $1 within the next decade.
“Existing hydrogen generation technologies suffer from either high cost or high carbon footprint,” Yuan said. “Ironically, both carbon and hydrogen elements, which are originally from petroleum reservoirs, have to be stored in reservoirs to meet the requirements of the environment and large-scale energy storage needs. Why not generate, store and extract hydrogen directly from petroleum reservoirs or other hydrogen-generating formations?
“The Hope Group at Texas Tech aims to revolutionize hydrogen production by developing transformative technologies focusing on clean, affordable hydrogen production from the Earth’s subsurface. The group is striving to make hydrogen carbon-zero, carbon-free, and even carbon-negative by unlocking the potential of the subsurface resources.”
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