Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global developer of clean energy solutions, is happy to announce the successful commissioning of an on-site hydrogen generation system at TAYRAŞ’s used lubricating oil re-refinery in Turkey by its wholly owned subsidiary HyGear.

The fully automated system will deliver approximately 560 kg of hydrogen per day (205 tons per year) at a pressure of 125 bar under a 15-year Gas-as-a-Service contract. TAYRAŞ’s facility is the country’s first of its kind and will be critical to Turkey’s circular economy development and emission reductions from API Group II base lubricating oils.

“This was a significantly large sized project for us and a unique one to be involved in within our reference installations. TAYRAŞ’ re-refinery shows the importance of securing local supply and reducing the carbon footprint of oils through recycling. Our on-site hydrogen offers the lowest cost and emissions option by cutting out the transportation and liquefaction steps from centralized hydrogen supply. In addition, we were able to showcase our expertise in compression by operating at an impressive 125 bar on a 24/7 basis. This level of operation will lend well to other applications such as hydrogen refueling stations where this pressure and reliability is also needed,” said Marinus van Driel, President of Xebec Europe.

TAYRAŞ’s plant has a capacity of 60,000 tons of used lubricating oil per year, which will yield roughly 45,000 tons of Group II base oil (N70, N100, N220). Using specific catalysts, the hydrogen produced by HyGear’s method will be utilized to hydro-treat old oils and remove sulphur, chlorine, nitrogen, phosphorus, silica, and aromatic saturation.

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