The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process

Title: The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process

Duration: 2:26 minutes

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Blue hydrogen presents an efficient, low-carbon fuel option.

The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process Transcript

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Hydrogen as a source of clean-burning fuel is gaining momentum.

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With eyes on a future of more and cleaner energy, affordable blue hydrogen production in the short term can catalyse long-term decarbonisation.

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Natural gas producers are under regulatory, economic, and societal pressure to limit the climate impact of their supply chains.

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In order to thrive through the energy transition, resource holders will need to make smart investments that reduce their emissions footprint. This challenge is not just to control emissions from operations, but also to provide consumers with low carbon fuels. A majority of greenhouse gas emissions stem from energy use rather than energy production.

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Enter hydrogen. Hydrogen fuel is referred to as clean-burning because its combustion does not produce CO2, particulate, or sulphur emissions. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, for example, only emit water vapor and warm air in contrast with vehicles powered by gasoline or diesel.

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With growing demand internationally and over 90% of hydrogen supply today coming from carbon-intensive processes, producers must adopt more sustainable hydrogen production technologies.

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The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process is an end-to-end lineup that enables affordable responsible hydrogen production.

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By applying proven carbon capture technologies, natural gas operators and those in the chemical and refining sectors can diversify their product mix and become low-carbon energy producers.

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The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process integrates Shell gas partial oxidation and ADIP ULTRA technologies to maximise carbon capture efficiencies and simplify lineup design. Both results translate to cost optimisations and improved nitrogen production margins for resource holders.

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Compared to conventional hydrogen manufacturing processes, The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process has been proven better on a levelised cost of hydrogen basis of their blue variants.

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Learn more about The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process by visiting the Make Every Molecule Matter website. Join our mission to catalyse a more and cleaner energy future.

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Proven technologies and real-world experience

Although green hydrogen (from the electrolysis of water using renewable power) is likely to be a long-term solution, analysts suggest it may not achieve cost parity with blue hydrogen, which is produced from natural gas with applied carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, until about 2045.

The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process integrates proven technologies – Shell gas partial oxidation (SGP) and ADIP ULTRA.

SGP technology is an oxygen-based system with direct firing in a refractory-lined reactor. It requires little or no feed-gas pretreatment, is a non-catalytic process that produces high-pressure steam from waste heat rather than consuming it and has no direct carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. SGP has more than 30 active gas and residue gasification licensees, and there are more than 100 SGP gasifiers worldwide, including at the Pearl gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar, and Pernis refinery in the Netherlands.

ADIP ULTRA is a proven solvent technology for capturing CO2 from high-pressure process streams.

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Advantages over steam methane reforming (SMR) and autothermal reforming (ATR)

The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process offers significant advantages over alternative technologies, which include steam methane reforming (SMR) and autothermal reforming (ATR).

For example, compared with SMR, it saves money by maximising carbon-capture efficiency and simplifying the process line-up, which offsets the oxygen production costs.

And, compared with ATR, it has a simpler line-up, with no need for substantial feed gas pretreatment, and does not require a fired heater that emits CO2. Another advantage is that the Shell Blue Hydrogen Process generates, rather than consumes, steam to satisfy the demands of the process.

These benefits translate to 22% lower levellised cost of hydrogen for SGP technology compared with ATR, and even greater benefits when compared with SMR.

Shell also has CCS experience through its involvement in multiple projects in different phases of development and can offer key experience and insights into CO2 capture, compression, transport and storage.

Watch the on-demand webinar

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Nan Liu, Licensing Technology Manager Gasification, shares the economic advantages of blue hydrogen production using the Shell Blue Hydrogen Process.

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Learn more about how to meet net-zero emissions ambitions through affordable blue hydrogen production.

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Shell Gasification Process

Helping refiners and petrochemical companies to convert unwanted streams such as steam cracker residues into synthesis gas, a high-value product that can be used for producing chemicals, hydrogen and power.

ADIP ULTRA

Solvent technology for capturing CO2 from high-pressure process streams.

CCS Projects

Learn more about the large-scale commercial projects that we are helping to develop and our research partnerships with industry and leading academic institutes.

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