Hythane Owner Acquires HyRadix for On-Site Hydrogen Production
3 May 2007
Australia’s Eden Energy Ltd., the owners of the Hythane Company, has acquired US-based HyRadix, a company specializing in on-site autothermal reforming systems for the production of hydrogen from methane or LPG.
HyRadix’s autothermal reforming technology uses a bi-functional monolith autothermal reforming catalyst which generates the required reaction heat in the same reactor space where the reforming reaction takes place. There is no need for an external heat source to supply heat directly to the reactor.
HyRadix also has an on-going contract with a leading French petroleum industry research company to develop new methods of hydrogen production from liquids such as ethanol and glycerine.
Hythane is a mixture of natural gas and hydrogen, usually 5-7% hydrogen by energy. (Earlier post.) Eden recently secured an agreement with one of India’s largest energy groups to market Hythane throughout the industrialized state of Gujarat, and a 10-year agreement with India’s large bus and heavy transport group, Ashok Leyland, to introduce Hythane across tens of thousands of public transport vehicles in India.
Use of Hythane has been found to reduce NOx emissions by 50%, non-methane hydrocarbons by 58%, methane by 16%, total hydrocarbons by 23% and CO2 by 7% compared to the use of 100% natural gas.
Eden says the HyRadix systems are a natural fit for integration with its own suite of hydrogen fuel technologies, in particular allowing for onsite production and dispensing of Hythane.
A combined Eden-HyRadix product provides an immediate opportunity to not only continue to supply the pure hydrogen market that HyRadix has been servicing, but also to supply a fully developed, complete Hythane system able to now be marketed in India, the United States, China and Europe.
It rapidly expands the market potential for an ultra-low emission, high efficiency blend of hydrogen and Natural Gas that can be the ideal transitional fuel between the hydrocarbon economy and the future hydrogen economy.—Greg Solomon, Eden’s Executive Chairman
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