Shell and Virent working on hydrogen from biomass

Shell Hydrogen and Virent Energy Systems have announced a five year joint development agreement to develop further and commercialize Virent’s BioForming™ technology platform for hydrogen production.

Virent and Shell will collaborate on the development and testing of hydrogen systems targeted for fueling station applications at Virent’s facilities in Madison and the Shell Westhollow Technology Center in Houston. If research and development goes to plan, initial deployment of the new technology at a Shell hydrogen fueling station could follow within several years.

Virent’s BioForming process produces conventional liquid fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and kerosene (jet fuel), from the carbohydrates in biomass. It can also produce hydrogen, SuperNatural™ gas, or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Virent’s SuperNatural gas is a fuel gas with the following composition:

  • Hydrogen 35%
  • Methane 8%
  • Ethane 12%
  • Propane 5%
  • CO2 40%

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