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William Marsh Rice University

Converting Hydrocarbons to Recyclable Materials for Metal Replacement with Positive Hydrogen Output

Rice University will develop a process to produce low-cost hydrogen at scale and recyclable, lightweight materials to replace metals in automotive applications. The team will convert NG into carbon nanotubes with concurrent production of H2, spin the nanotubes into fibers, and evaluate the fiber properties with the target of displacing metals. The proposed technology could significantly reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions associated with both H2 and metal production at scale. Furthermore, lightweight and low-cost carbon fibers could provide an alternative to metals in automotive applications, reducing vehicle weight, fuel consumption, and CO2 emissions.

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