High-throughput Methane Pyrolysis for Low-cost, Emissions-free Hydrogen
Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and its partners will explore a targeted molten metal as a catalyst in a methane pyrolysis mist reactor to convert natural gas into hydrogen and solid carbon at a low cost without carbon dioxide emissions. The technology could augment or replace current H2 production methods, while simultaneously sequestering carbon in high value materials.
The PARC team will design a pressurized molten alloy mist reactor that will enable a high rate of H2 production to ensure low reactor capital cost compared with SMR. This technology could:
Displace >30 quads (8.8 trillion kWh) of polluting energy in chemical production, transportation, and electric generation.
Accelerate the growth of the H2 market through low prices and serve as the keystone of a clean energy economy.