BASF’s CO2 capture tech contributes to Japanese hydrogen project

CCUS Hydrogen

Japan – As part of the Kashiwazaki clean hydrogen/ammonia project, INPEX Corporation will utilize the HiPACT regenerative high-pressure CO2 capture technology created jointly by German-based BASF and its engineering partner JGC Corporation.

This is the first pilot project in Japan to create blue hydrogen/ammonia using natural gas that is produced nearby. It makes it possible to consistently deploy carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) in locally exploited gas fields and to use hydrogen to produce ammonia and energy. The project is financed by the New Energy and Industrial Technologies Development Organization of the Japanese government (NEDO).

Natural gas foundation

The efficient separation and recovery of CO2 from the process gas of a hydrogen generation facility uses the HiPACT technology. Domestic natural gas serves as the foundation. The factory is situated in the Niigata Prefecture of Japan’s Kashiwazaki city’s Hirai neighborhood. It will be operational in 2025 and is being constructed by JGC Japan Corporation. For improved gas recovery, the recovered CO2 is injected into the reservoirs of the gas fields that have been exploited.

Lower cost

HiPACT is predicted to lower the cost of CO2 capture and compression by up to 35% compared to traditional technologies by releasing the CO2 exhaust gas above atmospheric pressure because of its high CO2 absorption capacity and heat resistance. A maximum advantage for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is anticipated since CO2 can be stored underground in a way that uses less energy.