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Mitsubishi Heavy invests in Monolith Materials to support clean hydrogen production

Monolith Materials, Inc. has received an investment from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. to support its commercial-scale, emissions-free hydrogen manufacturing technology. The announcement is the latest in a series of recent strategic investments made by MHI in support of achieving a decarbonized world.

Monolith Materials is the first US manufacturer to produce “turquoise hydrogen” on a commercial scale.

Olive Creek 1 in Hallam, Nebraska is Monolith Materials’ first commercial-scale emissions-free production facility designed to produce approximately 14,000 metric tons of carbon black annually along with clean hydrogen.


Monolith process

Through an innovative and proprietary development in commercial-scale methane pyrolysis, Monolith is now manufacturing emissions-free, economically sustainable hydrogen using 100% renewable energy. Monolith’s hydrogen is classified as “turquoise hydrogen”.

By solving the century-old problem of scaling methane pyrolysis to a commercial level, Monolith Materials has emerged as a leader in the manufacture of emissions-free hydrogen. While we’re evaluating a number of clean-energy development options, Monolith offers great promise. We’re excited to be the first in a new wave of strategic investors supporting the development of their technology.

—Yoshihiro Shiraiwa, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America

Monolith Materials, which was founded in 2012, developed a process technology that converts natural gas into clean hydrogen and a solid carbon material called carbon black, a critical raw material in the automotive and industrial sectors. The company is currently in the operating stage of Olive Creek 1 (OC1), its first commercial-scale emissions-free production facility designed to produce approximately 14,000 metric tons of carbon black annually along with clean hydrogen.

In addition to producing carbon black and clean hydrogen, the company recently announced its plans to produce emissions-free ammonia at a second phase production facility known as Olive Creek 2 (OC2) in Hallam, Nebraska.

Combined, Monolith Materials’ production of hydrogen, emissions-free ammonia and carbon black are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 1 million metric tons per year compared to traditional manufacturing processes, the company said.

Monolith is backed by Azimuth Capital Management, Cornell Capital LLC, Imperative Ventures and Warburg Pincus.



I find this exciting.
In my view the realistic way forward is to use what is practical, leveraging fossil fuels to provide cleaner energy, so avoiding much of the expense of attempting a leap to wholly renewable sources.


We now have specs on the new Mirai, which has significant improvements on the old, and lower cost:


Carbon is used for battery anodes and carbon fiber.


Carbon black is also used for tires, and quite a lot of other goods.


Wonder how efficient the process is; how many kWh to produce x liters of H2? Is it as inefficient as steam reforming? I hope not because like steam reforming many of these ideas don't work because they use great amounts of energy to transform the fossil fuel.
It's hard to beat using surplus electricity directly to produce H2.


Then use power plant CO2 to make fuels.
Reuse to reduce.

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