As scientists around the World race to develop carbon capture techniques and companies find ways to cash in on carbon credits, a Canadian company is set to bring a new technology to market that removes carbon from natural gas before it’s burned. Using a plasma charge, the device breaks the bond between the carbon and hydrogen atoms found in methane, allowing some of the carbon to fall as a solid into a collection bin. The resulting combination is a cleaner, hydrogen-enriched natural gas, or HENG. No carbon dioxide is produced during the process.
Technology Earns Companies Carbon Credits
Called “CarbonSaver,” the device was developed by Atlantic Hydrogen in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, where they recently passed the tests they needed to go online with natural gas giant EnCana [NYSE: ECA]. Since natural gas travels through pipelines under pressure, Atlantic Hydrogen had to prove that their device could operate safely without having to slow down the gas. CarbonSaver can be scaled large enough to be installed at the city gate of any major natural gas pipeline, taking out the excess carbon electric generators and home appliances don’t need before they’re burned. Since the technology can be made small enough to install in manufacturing plants, companies can earn carbon credits at the same time doing what they can to reduce the effects of global warming.
“Within the next few months, Atlantic Hydrogen expects to announce demonstration projects in electricity generating micro-turbines and compressors,” says CEO David Wagner, “we will show the environmental benefits of operating them with a CarbonSaver.”