CO2-free production of electricity and heat

CO2-free production of electricity and heat

Natural gas or methane is one of the main sources of energy in Germany. Even if it is a good carrier of chemical energy, its combustion produces large amounts of greenhouse gases that are damaging to the climate, such as CO2.

In order to protect our planet from the consequences of climate change, it is important not only to reduce CO2 emissions, but also, in the best case, to generate energy in a completely CO2-free manner.

During the plasmalysis of methane, natural gas or biogas (CH4) is converted into hydrogen and solid carbon with very little energy – and without producing CO2.

Through the plasmalysis of methane, Graforce decarbonises the natural gas and makes it possible to generate CO2-free heat and electricity in combination with a hydrogen CHP or fuel cell.

Industrial companies in various industries, but also hotels and shopping centres can thereby meet climate change requirements while doing their stakeholders justice and at the same time saving costs.

Solid carbon – also called carbon black – is a valuable raw material for industry. Carbon black is used, for example, as a filler for vehicle tires, conveyor belts, tubes and sealing profiles. It is also used as a black pigment for plastics, paints and varnishes. It is used as conductive carbon black in the electrical industry to manufacture electrodes and carbon brushes. The economic potential is enormous.

CO2 removal (procedural carbon sink CO2)

Germany has over 9,000 biogas plants that generate heat and electricity from methane (biogas) in combined heat and power plants. However, these create large amounts of CO2. Plasmalysis of methane decarbonises the energy production by not combusting the methane, but rather splitting it beforehand into hydrogen and carbon.

If the hydrogen obtained from biogas is used in a hydrogen combined heat and power plant or a fuel cell to generate heat and electricity, this process is not only emission-free, but even creates a negative carbon CO2 footprint.

The carbon obtained from biogas furthermore enables a procedural carbon CO 2sink: if the carbon is not further processed but is instead filled into underground, natural cavities, CO2 is extracted from the atmosphere. Graforce is therefore for the first time offering a real alternative to the controversial CCS storage of CO2 (carbon capture storage).

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