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Hydrogen production

Hydrogen is a cleaner energy source, as it does not contain carbon and so cannot form carbon dioxide as a by-product of combustion. This has led to an increase in the production of hydrogen, as well as its growing use as a fuel.

Currently, hydrogen fuel is generated from both renewable energy sources (and electrolysis) as well as from carbon-originating sources, such as natural gas. Projects for both production methods are increasing globally to ensure a sufficient capacity of hydrogen for worldwide use as a clean-burning fuel source.   

During production, the purity of the hydrogen directly affects its quality as a fuel, so it is essential to monitor for any forms of contamination. In particular, hydrogen will combine with oxygen from the atmosphere to create moisture.

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    Production optimization

    The production of hydrogen from fossil fuels and coal requires the production of “syngas.”  Syngas is a combination of hydrogen and carbon monoxide that must be further processed to generate as much hydrogen from the feed stock as possible. To ensure optimal conversion and minimize energy consumption, methane, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and/or hydrogen sulfide (H2S) are analyzed in the processing unit.

    Recommended products: 5100HD

    Gas quality

    Both hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) are captured in the syngas processing units. Where the CO2 and hydrogen are sold or exchanged, limits on impurities are typically defined. The most common impurities measured are trace levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, hydrogen sulfide and moisture.

    Recommended products: 5100HD, ta3000F

    Steam methane reforming

    Steam reforming is widely used in the hydrocarbon processing industries for the production of important gases, particularly hydrogen, methanol, and ammonia. The steam reforming process uses a furnace that heats a large number of tubes containing a catalyst to produce these important gases.

    Recommended products: WDG-V