Air Products selects Haldor Topsoe tech for world-scale net-zero hydrogen project
Denmark-headed Haldor Topsoe A/S, a global leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industries has announced that it has been selected by global industrial gases company Air Products Inc. to supply its low-carbon "SynCOR" technology for a world-scale net-zero hydrogen energy complex to be built by Air Products in Canada.
Canada’s clean energy diversification strategy has marked hydrogen as a key enabler for Canada to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Expected to come onstream in 2024, the Air Products new facility in Edmonton, Alberta (AB) will produce blue hydrogen from natural gas with capture and storage of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the production, which will effectively support that goal.
Haldor Topsoe offers a complete range of market-leading hydrogen production technologies, including cutting-edge electrolysis technology to produce green hydrogen. This new Air Products facility will, based on Topsoe’s SynCOR autothermal reforming technology, capture over 95 percent of the produced CO2, which will then be stored safely underground.
According to Haldor Topsoe, this industry-proven and advanced technology produces hydrogen at a large scale with extremely low emissions and energy consumption.
We are very proud of our collaboration with Air Products, and that our SynCOR technology plays a central part in their landmark net-zero hydrogen project. This is not only proof of our ability to deliver efficient hydrogen solutions, it also bears testament to our ability to achieve our vision of being recognized as the world leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024. Our work and this project is a strong contribution to the decarbonization of fuels and chemicals in Alberta and across the world, said Amy Hebert, CCO at Haldor Topsoe.
Hydrogen-fueled electricity will power the plant and offset the remaining five percent of emissions at the site. The clean energy complex will help refining and petrochemical customers served by the Air Products Heartland Hydrogen Pipeline to reduce their carbon intensity. The complex will also produce liquid hydrogen for merchant sales and as a clean fuel in the transportation sector.
Sustainability is our pathway to growth and central to Air Products’ business every day around the world. By being a first mover and investing in this innovative landmark project, we are paving the way for hydrogen from Edmonton to meet industrial and transportation needs throughout western Canada. Our highly integrated project will be a model for net-zero atmospheric gas, hydrogen, and power production consistent with our announced growth platforms, said Robert Tikovsky, VP Process Gases Product Line at Air Products.
The hydrogen complex is part of Air Products’ ambition to reach over 1 500 tonnes of hydrogen production per day and achieve more than three million tonnes per year of CO2 capture in Alberta alone.