Air Liquide: a first in Japan

Air Liquide states that its autothermal reforming technology has been selected for the production of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia, a first in Japan. The Group benefits from an extensive portfolio of innovative technological solutions to support its industrial customers in their decarbonisation projects. In this regard, autothermal reforming is one of the latest technologies used: combined with carbon capture technology, it allows the efficient large-scale production of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia. Among the leading companies at ATR, Air Liquide’s technology was selected for a first demonstration project, owned and operated by INPEX Corporation, aimed at producing low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia.

While there are other reliable solutions on the market, such as Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) with carbon capture, ATR is one of the most suitable approaches for large-scale low-hydrogen production units. Air Liquide is one of the leading ATR companies with proprietary process-related technologies used for large-scale syngas production. Air Liquide Engineering & Construction will now implement this technology for the production of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia, as part of a pilot project owned and operated by INPEX, a Japanese oil and gas exploration and production company. ATR technology will contribute to the development of a project aimed at producing low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia in the Hirai district of Kashiwazaki, a city located in Japan, in Niigata Prefecture.

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