Meeting an Increased Demand for Lower-Carbon Products

Decarbonizing the Chemical Industry
Chemical companies are uniquely positioned to tap into the opportunities of the emerging hydrogen economy and can create a competitive advantage by doing so. Hydrogen is a key enabler in the chemical industry pathway to net-zero. When considering how to reduce the carbon footprint for chemical production, Linde is focusing on steam generation and chemical production from oxygen enriched aerobic fermentation where Linde gases have a role.
Natural gas flame blended with hydrogen
Carbon Reduction in Steam Production

In boilers and furnaces, one way to reduce the carbon intensity is to replace fossil fuels, such as natural gas, with hydrogen produced from renewable feedstock or carbon-free power. Different levels of hydrogen enrichment of natural gas streams will help identify the operational variations, efficiencies, and emissions output of the application at various fuel blend levels. The blend will have lower CO2 emissions than natural gas alone and generate the same amount of steam. Cost-effective steam generation replaces the conventional generation capacity with a flexible combination of hydrogen-ready, gas-fired generators.

Chemical worker in fermentation laboratory
Oxygen for Chemical Fermentation

Aerobic fermentation requires adequate levels of oxygen and is used to produce valuable chemicals like citric acid, lactic acid, and other organic compounds. Linde Green™ oxygen used in fermentation reduces the carbon footprint of the process since the oxygen was produced using carbon-free, sustainable energy sources like wind and solar power. Additionally, both liquid phase chemical oxidation and oxygen enriched aerobic fermentation processes can achieve considerable increases in production rate using Linde’s Direct Oxygen Injection (DOI) technology.

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