Innova Hydrogen ($2M Pre-Seed funding for thermal pyrolysis of natural gas to produce clean hydrogen and graphene)

Innova Hydrogen, a Canadian hydrogen energy startup founded in 2021, develops methane thermal pyrolysis technology to produce clean hydrogen and high-quality graphene with zero carbon emissions.

Challenges: produce carbon-free hydrogen

Hydrogen (H₂) is a crucial component in the production of ammonia, which is a key ingredient in many fertilizers, plastics, and other essential products. The majority of the world’s hydrogen (over 60 million tons) is produced via steam methane reforming (SMR) process. This process requires a significant amount of energy input and contributes about 2% of global carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions. The SMR process emits between 5 and 9 tons of CO₂ per ton of hydrogen produced. Thus, alternative methods to produce hydrogen without carbon emissions are needed.

Innova Hydrogen Technology

Innova Hydrogen has developed a HIP™ reactor system for methane thermal pyrolysis to produce hydrogen with zero carbon emissions. The HIP™ reactor system uses natural gas as its only feedstock, without the addition of water and/or oxygen. The thermal reactor decomposes methane from the natural gas to hydrogen and high-quality graphene at 1,000 ºC with metallic iron catalyst. The graphene filaments are filtered and collected as valuable products. The carbon-free hydrogen is purified and stored. The whole process is energy efficient and has zero carbon emissions.

Innova Hydrogen HIP reactor

The diagram below depicts Innova Hydrogen’s HIP™ reactor system.

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