With our core strengths as a leading industrial gases company and a culture of product innovation, Air Products is the global leader in creating technology solutions for capturing CO₂ from fossil fuel conversion before it reaches the atmosphere—key to Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS). Our view spans all fossil fuels from natural gas to coal, using reforming, gasification, and oxyfuel combustion. Our technology is informed by operational experience gained at many facilities that already separate, purify and transport CO₂ from natural gas reforming, management of syngas from gasification, and oxyfuel combustion in markets such as steel and glass. Our technology in development offers lower cost of capturing CO₂ and builds on more than 70 years' experience implementing advanced separation technology.
We see significant opportunities to capture CO₂ from gasifiers and hydrogen plants for use in sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, and utilization. We have the experience and technology strengths to innovate solutions that help address this urgent environmental issue of our world.
Air Products will invest $4.5B to build-own-operate the world’s largest blue hydrogen production facility, producing over 750 MMSCFD of blue hydrogen in Louisiana, USA. A portion of the blue hydrogen will be compressed and supplied to customers by our U.S. Gulf Coast pipeline network; the balance will be used to make blue ammonia that will be transported around the world and converted back to blue hydrogen for transportation and other markets.
The megaproject will also capture over five million metric tons per year of CO₂, making it the largest carbon capture for sequestration facility in the world. Numerous studies have shown that Louisiana’s geology is some of the best in the world for permanent geologic sequestration.
The project is expected to be operational in 2026.
Air Products has designed and constructed a large-scale system to capture carbon dioxide (CO₂) from our two steam methane reformers located within the Valero Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The recovered and purified CO₂ is delivered by pipeline for use in enhanced oil recovery operations.
Described by the Department of Energy as a milestone in its Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage program, this unprecedented achievement, which uses an Air Products innovative technology, was the first-of-its-kind operating at such a large scale.
Since 2013, Air Products' technology for carbon capture and sequestration at our Port Arthur facility has captured approximately one million metric tons of CO₂ per year that would have otherwise been emitted into the environment.
The currently favored technology for capturing CO₂ from gasification processes is to selectively separate H₂S and CO₂ from "shifted" syngas, usually in a physical solvent adsorption process. We have substantial operational experience with these technologies in the U.S. and globally, however, Air Products is also exploring an alternative CO₂ capture option that capitalizes on our years of experience in the design and operation of H₂ pressure swing adsorption (PSA) systems associated with our steam reformers. The novel PSA technology in development processes sour syngas, potentially removing the need for additional acid-gas removal units. This simplified process has the potential to offer faster throughput and lower capital expense.
Air Products and its subsidiary Air Products Canada Ltd., in conjunction with the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta, are planning to build a landmark new net-zero hydrogen energy complex.
The project will begin with a transformative $1.3 billion (CAD) net-zero hydrogen production and liquefaction facility expected onstream in 2024. Air Products will deploy advanced hydrogen technology and innovative design to deliver net-zero emissions. The new facility will capture over 95 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the feedstock natural gas and store it safely back underground. Hydrogen-fueled electricity will offset the remaining five percent of emissions.
The clean energy complex will help refining and petrochemical customers served by the Air Products Heartland Hydrogen Pipeline to reduce their carbon intensity. The complex also marks a first in the wider use of hydrogen in Alberta, enabling the production of liquid hydrogen to be an emissions-free fuel in the transportation sector, and to generate clean electricity. This is expected to have a positive impact in lowering Alberta’s carbon emissions.