Aurora Hydrogen ($16 million for microwave pyrolysis of natural gas to produce clean hydrogen)

Aurora Hydrogen, a Canadian cleantech startup founded in 2021, develops microwave pyrolysis technology for clean hydrogen production. The technology uses efficient microwave energy to heat natural gas in the absence of oxygen and water and produces hydrogen without generating carbon dioxide emissions.

Challenges: hydrogen fuel

The majority of the world's hydrogen (over 60 million tons) is currently produced via steam methane reforming (SMR) process. This process requires a significant amount of energy input and emits a substantial amount of CO₂. The SMR process emits between 5 and 9 tons of CO₂ per ton of hydrogen (H₂) produced.

Aurora Hydrogen Technology

Aurora Hydrogen develops microwave methane pyrolysis technology that efficiently converts natural gas into hydrogen and solid carbon without emitting CO₂. The reactor system is scalable and can be installed anywhere, from small fueling stations to large industrial applications.

The schematic diagram below depicts the microwave pyrolysis reactor system. The system mainly consists of a microwave generator, a waveguide, a pyrolysis reactor, a heat exchanger, a particle separator, and a hydrogen separator.

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