Shell is awarding $1 million to the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department of Ohio State University to support a research project into the use of membranes for CO2-Hydrogen separation.
The research examines a novel approach to membrane separation technology used in production of hydrogen from fossil fuels. One benefit of this particular technology is that—unlike more conventional methods—this process allows separation of pure CO2 at a lower cost.
This is essential for economical carbon capture and sequestration. In addition, the technology may lower the cost of producing hydrogen, bringing it closer to commercialization.
This current project is preceded by two years of preliminary studies conducted by Ohio State University for Shell. The new investment is part of a broader Shell strategy to invest and develop technologies that would benefit the commercialization of hydrogen.
Shell believes that by funding the efforts of Ohio State’s professor Winston Ho’s team, we can potentially realize a new and viable technology in the hydrogen field which could accelerate the arrival of hydrogen-based power and transportation solutions.—Duncan Macleod, Vice President of Shell Hydrogen
Shell Oil president John Hofmeister made the announcement today during a visit to the university.