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What is it?

Hydrogen is produced via solid oxide electrolysis, then fed into a second reactor in which it is combined with carbon dioxide to produced methane. The heat from the methane production step is then fed back to the solid oxide electrolysis cell for further hydrogen production.

Why is it important?

Integrated hydrogen production and methane synthesis presents an opportunity to make use of the heat generated from methane synthesis step, reducing the amount of input energy required for the solid oxide electrolysis step.


  • Volumetric hydrogen density: Liquid state = ~100kg H2/m3. At standard temperature and pressure = 0.7946g/100L
  • Gravimetric hydrogen density: ~25% H2 by weight
  • Storage conditions: 90 to 120 bar


  • Downstream process well established
  • Heat integration makes use of heat from exothermic downstream reaction, supplies it back to hydrogen generation reaction


  • Higher system complexity than solid oxide electrolysis method

RD&D priorities

  • Develop means to economically manufacture and implement cells at scale
  • Prevent degradation of solid oxide electrolysers
  • Develop system integration concepts to engineer a complete integrated system
  • Reduce system capital cost

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Other opportunities like this

  • Ammonia is synthesised by reacting hydrogen with nitrogen gas at high temperatures and pressures.

  • Hydrogen is reacted with toluene to form methylcyclohexane (MCH), a compound that can be transported at ambient temperature and pressure.

  • Methanol is conventionally synthesised at large scale from synthesis gas (or syngas), a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide typically at an H₂/CO ratio of 1.8 ~ 2.2, derived through steam reforming of natural gas or steam gasification of coal.

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