PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp has provided an update on its technology for producing low carbon intensity blue hydrogen and how it is consistent with the definition of clean hydrogen in the draft US Infrastructure Bill.
As previously reported, the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp., intends to use renewable natural gas (RNG) - a biogas from dairy farms and biomethane from landfills - blended with fossil fuel natural gas as a feedstock in its modular on-site hydrogen production and dispensing system to produce blue hydrogen.
PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling's team anticipates that by applying its technology to produce hydrogen from existing pathways using California Air Resources Board (CARB) methodology, a carbon intensity (CI) of zero (0) grams (g) CO2 per megajoule (MJ) or lower could be achieved. The importance of a 0 or lower CI is that PowerTap aims to produce and dispense hydrogen with a zero or lower carbon footprint as the world moves to lower carbon footprints toward slowing or arresting the impacts of climate change.
In consultation with carbon credits specialist, Carbonomics, and RNG marketer, Element Markets, PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling said it anticipates that sufficient volumes of RNG with very low negative CIs will be available when needed and that any blend of fossil fuel natural gas and RNG with a minimum of 41% RNG plus the application of available Environmental Attributes will result in a negative CI.
As important, it added, the hydrogen produced by the PowerTap’s Gen3 unit, fits within the new definition of "clean hydrogen" which, as outlined in the draft Energy Infrastructure Act from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)4, will be defined based on carbon intensity of hydrogen production and would apply to hydrogen produced from renewables, fossil fuels with carbon capture, biomass, and nuclear energy.
“With the draft US Infrastructure Bill classifying the blue hydrogen produced with PowerTap’s onsite production and dispensing technology as clean hydrogen, the hydrogen we produce will be a component of the US’s efforts to reach zero carbon by 2050”, said Salim Rahemtulla, president of PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling in a statement.
PowerTap Hydrogen Capital, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling, is focused on installing hydrogen production and dispensing fueling infrastructure in the United States. Its patented solution has been developed over 20 years.
The company is now commercializing its third-generation blue hydrogen product that will focus on the refueling needs of the automotive and long-haul trucking markets that lack hydrogen fueling infrastructure. There are currently under 100 operational publicly available hydrogen stations in the United States with most of the existing stations purchasing industrial hydrogen from industrial manufacturers and shipping hydrogen to individual stations via tanker trucks.
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