Hydrogen For Fuel & For Industrial Processes
The addition of a specialized optical system and dissociation module allows Jetstream’s HYDROS system to reach temperatures up to 9,000° degrees (F) necessary temperature to fracture water into hydrogen and oxygen (thermolysis). Traditional methods of producing hydrogen are very energy intensive (electrolysis), or environmentally harmful and very expensive (steam methane reformation). Jetstream’s HYDROS systems are scalable, emission free and support the affordable production of hydrogen on a distributed basis.
Large-scale implementations can utilize wastewater and offset gigatons of CO2 production. Small systems offer the prospect of “hydrogen on demand” and distributed production that will be critical to the development of the “Hydrogen Economy” that many experts feel will inevitably arrive. The international hydrogen market is expected to reach $118 billion by 2016. Customers include, oil and gas refiners, chemical fertilizer manufacturers, drug and food processing, and future sustainable fuel providers. By replacing the most costly component of hydrogen production (energy) with “free” solar energy, and eliminating the need for high cost, high maintenance infrastructure, Jetstream will be able to produce high purity hydrogen at an extremely competitive cost.
Concentrating solar thermolysis could substantially eliminate the high levels of CO2 being produced by SMR and other “fracturing” or “snapping” technologies. Lower production costs could lead to greater interest in infrastructure development for transportation. Hydrogen is the cleanest fuel in the Universe. Jetstream has successfully concluded initial R&D and produced “benchtop” systems capable of dissociating the hydrogen and oxygen molecules in water. As importantly, Jetstream has completed the development of a version of its parabolic solar thermal collector that it believes is capable of supplying the energy levels required for commercial hydrogen production.