Plasma cracking of natural gas to reduce CO2 for decentralized use
The plasma-activated decomposition of hydrocarbons such as natural gas (biogas, LNG, propane, etc.) into hydrogen and carbon using microwave plasma is an optimal way of solving the problems of the energy transition in the short and medium term. It is CO2 free/poor and can injected into the Germany-wide natural gas network as a raw material supply. The resulting carbon can be used as a raw material, e.g. to replace the current, heavily CO2-heavy processes for carbon black production, which makes this concept even CO2 negative!
This development is funded by the European Union and the Ministry for Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.