8 Rivers, a leading innovator in the field of sustainable energy, has proudly announced a significant breakthrough in hydrogen technology.
The company’s latest invention, the 8RH2 technology, promises to revolutionize the production of ultra-low carbon hydrogen and ammonia, marking a major milestone in the fight against climate change.
The brainchild of Rodney Allam MBE, a distinguished chemical engineer from Bath, UK, and the pioneer of the Allam-Fetvedt-Cycle (AFC) power cycle, 8RH2 harnesses advanced CO2 processes in a CO2 Convective Reformer (CCR). Building on the success of the AFC cycle, the 8RH2 technology incorporates decades of decarbonization expertise developed by 8 Rivers. Notably, the technology can capture over 99% of carbon emissions, setting a new benchmark for cost-effective and scalable carbon capture in the market. This groundbreaking innovation cements Rodney Allam’s position as a visionary inventor and adds another remarkable achievement to his illustrious career.
In contrast to other carbon capture technologies that achieve a capture rate of 90-96%, the 8RH2 oxy-combustion process virtually eliminates all direct CO2 emissions. The unique process involves the use of natural gas and pure oxygen, with the CO2 produced during combustion serving as a heat transfer medium in a proprietary reformer. This eliminates the need for expensive amine or cryogenic-based CO2 separation processes commonly used in standard hydrogen production.
The ultra-low carbon hydrogen produced by the 8RH2 technology can be further converted into ultra-low carbon ammonia. Ammonia, with its existing global distribution network and ease of bulk storage, proves to be a versatile solution for decarbonized fertilizers, zero-carbon maritime fuels, and as a feedstock fuel to replace coal in existing power infrastructure. Additionally, ammonia can be easily “cracked” back into hydrogen when it reaches its end-user, making it a transportable low-carbon source of hydrogen. This scalable and cost-effective solution holds the potential to accelerate the global transition to a net-zero economy.