Hitachi Zosen Inova’s EtoGas technologies are designed to make renewable energy from volatile sources of electricity storable and to decarbonise energy and industrial systems.
Power to gas technology, including our own EtoGas, is an integral component of today’s energy business and cutting-edge infrastructure. We provide turnkey plants that can be combined with existing EfW and biogas installations or other electricity and industrial CO2 producers, enhancing overall plant efficiency and directly boosting economic efficiency.
Clients seeking to generate synthetic gases such as hydrogen and methane for use as energy carriers, alternative fuels or in industrial applications have two processes to choose from: alkaline pressure electrolysis and catalytic methanation. As experts in the construction of thermal and biological energy recovery plants, we’re familiar with the processes both up- and downstream of EtoGas. We also have our own production facilities, enabling us to deliver individual designs tailored to specific customer needs and requirements.
With electricity production so volatile and prices in decline, operators of waste treatment and industrial plants, and energy producers with access to cheap green power, are looking for alternatives to be able to run their installations profitably. One cost-efficient solution is alkaline pressure electrolysis, part of HZI’s EtoGas portfolio of technologies.
Electricity is input into the process to produce oxygen and hydrogen. These are separated by electrolysis, with the 5.0 quality hydrogen then compressed to 200 or 500 bar for trailers. The hydrogen can be used in industry or as a vehicle fuel, or alternatively it can be fed into the natural gas grid as a store of energy.
Alkaline pressure electrolysis equipment is available in 2 MW modules and can be scaled as required.
All over the world countries and regions are working on strategies to decarbonise the economy and society at large. Companies are also looking for ways of reducing carbon emissions and intelligently feeding them back into the energy cycle. This is where catalytic methanation, one of the technologies in HZI’s EtoGas portfolio, comes in.
The inputs for this process are hydrogen, for example from electrolysis, and gases containing CO2 such as biogas, exhaust gases or industrial syngas. In a catalytic reaction, carbon dioxide and hydrogen react on the surface of the catalyst surface to produce water and methane. Using catalytic methanation to decarbonise industrial plants is a cost-efficient CO or CO2 reduction option. It’s a sustainable process that enhances both the lifetime and overall efficiency of a plant.
Installations are available in sizes from 8 to 500 m3 of product gas per hour.
Designed, co-funded and constructed by HZI, the INPEX plant in Japan is an impressive reference and a perfect example of where the path to sustainable energy will lead.
INPEX plant, Japan
INPEX plant, Japan