Johnson Matthey launches CO2 utilisation tech to produce sustainable fuels

Author: Gabriel Jorby.

January 5 (Renewables Now) - UK chemicals company Johnson Matthey Plc (LON:JMAT) said today that it has launched its own reverse water-gas shift (RWGS) technology to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) and green hydrogen into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The company said that its proprietary HyCOgen RWGS technology is combined with the FT CANS Fischer Tropsch technology, developed in collaboration with oil-and-gas major Bp Plc (LON:BP), and offered as an integrated solution to convert CO2 into hydrocarbon fuels.

HyCOgen is a catalysed process to convert green hydrogen and CO2 into carbon monoxide (CO), which is combined with additional hydrogen to form synthesis gas (syngas). In conjunction with FT CAN, the process can turn over 95% of the CO2 into high-quality synthetic crude oil, Johnson Matthey said.

This crude oil can be further upgraded into sustainable drop-in fuel products including aviation fuels, renewable diesel and naphtha.

The integrated HyCOgen/FT CANS solution is scalable and can be applied to projects of any size, whether they are fed by hydrogen from a single electrolyser or use multiple large electrolyser modules.

"Given the challenges associated with new propulsion technologies and airport infrastructure, plus the long asset life of aircraft, there are significant hurdles in moving from hydrocarbon-based aviation fuel to alternatives such as battery electric or hydrogen,” commented Jane Toogood, sector chief executive at Johnson Matthey.

“This is where Johnson Matthey's longstanding expertise and market-leading position in syngas generation technology can play a crucial role, by providing solutions that enable the production of sustainable drop-in fuels that are deployable today,” Toogood adds.

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