Reaching For Zero™


There is an abundance of scholarly and industry material about Hydrogen, Methane, and pyrolysis available online and in hardcopy. If you want to dig deeper, simply use the search terms "hydrogen", "methane", and "pyrolysis" and start following the threads. What soon becomes evident is that pyrolysis is being studied and implemented around the world by governments, academia, and businesses as a major component in the struggle to re-establish the balance in the natural CO2 cycle. Below are a few links to material that I found provided an overview of the processes, the research, and the future of hydrogen in general and methane pyrolysis in particular. I list Dr. Muradov's books as they are full of information that is well presented and easy to understand. If you want the facts then you must read his 2014 book. Bill Gates' book on the climate crisis also lays out the causes, and it articulates pathways to "zero". Importantly, it also suggests there is good reason for individuals to be hopeful and actually start doing something. Suggest it to your book club.    Ian Marcil, Winnipeg, 2021


PYROLYSIS, definition and information
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(scroll down once there to see types of pyrolysis)

BC Bioenergy Network
December 2019
"The Study outlines opportunities and recommendations to develop a vibrant and robust hydrogen economy in B.C. to meet 2030 and 2050 decarbonization targets and emissions reduction commitments."

U.S. Department of Energy
R&D Opportunities for Development of Natural Gas Conversion Technologies for Co-Production of Hydrogen and Value-Added Solid Carbon Products
November 2017
(you might need to click on 'View Technical Report' once there)
"This report highlights thermochemical and plasma conversion processes and recent research progress and commercial activities. It assess carbon product markets, and technical barriers and potential areas of research to address these needs. It provides preliminary economic analysis for these processes and compare them to conventional processes for hydrogen production. The conclusion is that the cost of pyrolytically produced CO2-free hydrogen can be potentially reduced to levels < $2/kg target with the co-production and sale of sufficiently high-value carbon products. Technological advances are required to segregate the high-value carbon products, and optimize the production process for both hydrogen and carbon."

International Energy Agency (IEA)
The Future of Hydrogen, Seizing today's opportunities
Technology report  –  June 2019
"The Future of Hydrogen provides an extensive and independent survey of hydrogen that lays out where things stand now; the ways in which hydrogen can help to achieve a clean, secure and affordable energy future; and how we can go about realising its potential."

U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency  –  Energy (ARPA)
BASF presentation, Methane Cohort Kickoff, Houston, 2019
The quest for CO2-free hydrogen  –  methane pyrolysis at scale
December 2019
"Methane pyrolysis is attractive for CO2-free hydrogen. The chemistry is well known, but the process is not. Many processes have significant differences in efficiency, cost, and product. Challenges are process specific, likely many routes will co-exist."

The Province of Manitoba was heading in the roght direction in 2003 as it investigated the future of hydrogen. This link takes you to the government report Reaching For Zero Ltd. will hopefully resurrect some interest.


Muradov, Nazim. Liberating Energy from Carbon: Introduction to Decarbonization. Springer Science & Business Media, 2014

Carbon-Neutral Fuels and Energy Carriers, Edited By Nazim Z. Muradov and T. Veziroglu, CRC Press, 2011

Gates, Bill. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need. Alfred A. Knopf, New York - Toronto, 2021

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