A major automotive-related manufacturer, a client of NineSigma, has been engaged in development of a system to produce hydrogen from hydrocarbon gas.
The conventional steam reforming method, which is in the client’s current use, requires high temperature (600°C - 1000°C) and high-purity water, which has hindered energy efficiency improvement and cost reduction of the system. Additionally, a sulfur odorant contained in the processed gas undesirably leads to the catalyst deterioration.
Growing interest in hydrogen energy has led to more R&D activities for hydrogen production technologies in recent years. Therefore, the client has issued this open request to further accelerate the development in collaboration with potential partners.
Proposals for a process technology that overcomes the disadvantages of the existing steam reforming method, as well as a technology using a sulfur-resistant and/or anticoking catalyst that contributes to longer system life, are widely welcome.