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Industrial / Chemical Processes

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Ammonia /
Fertilizer

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Refining

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Transportation

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Steelmaking

INTRO

Hydrogen:

Hydrogen is widely used throughout major industries such as petroleum and biofuels refining, ammonia production, and many other processes. When produced cleanly, hydrogen has the ability to help decarbonize these and other industries such as transportation and steelmaking. 
 
Therefore, green hydrogen production has become a global priority with a projected market in excess of 600bn USD by 2030.
 
Green hydrogen is critical to the fight against climate change; it is needed to decarbonize industrial sectors that cannot be electrified.

 

PROBLEM

Current hydrogen production technologies are either fossil fuel based and polluting or inefficient and economically impractical

Today, over 95% of hydrogen is produced from steam reforming of natural gas (which is predominantly composed of methane, a potent greenhouse gas).

This fossil fuel based process emits 10 tons of CO2 for each ton of H2 produced

Using renewable natural gas as a feedstock for steam methane reforming emits just as much CO2 in the reforming process, and can at most displace 1.25% of the US’s natural gas supply.

Commercial deployment of the current clean alternative, electrolysis, remains hampered by:
- High energy use
- Compression losses
- High CAPEX/OPEX costs
- Scaling difficulties
- Dependence on scarce materials and overseas manufacturing

Current state of the art electrolysis technologies require 53kWh of electricity to produce just 33 kWh (or 1kg) of hydrogen with additional energy required for compression (storage). At best, current electrolysis systems cost at least 500% more to build and 200% more to run compared to steam methane reforming before subsidies are applied.

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SOLUTION

OMC’s thermochemical redox pathway is the solution to affordable Green Hydrogen

OMC’s revolutionary process produces green hydrogen efficiently, at process-relevant pressures, all with zero emissions. It builds off existing thermochemical processes, which allows for efficient scaling and economies of scale. It can be made in the United States with low-cost, common materials; no cobalt, rare earths, platinum, palladium, or foreign factories are required. As a result, costs are dramatically less than electrolysis alternatives and even comparable to steam methane reforming before any direct Federal/Sate low carbon fuel incentives.

 

Our process uses a patent-pending, breakthrough active material that was developed at the University of Colorado over the course of more than two decades of PhD-led research. It is free from fossil fuels and is powered exclusively by heat that is derived from renewable electricity, waste sources, or THE SUN! 

 

How it Works

Heat can come from a mix of renewable electricity, concentrated solar energy, and waste heat. Heat powers the isothermal redox reaction, which will produce either green hydrogen or syngas (CO + H2) based on the inputs into the reactor. Hydrogen is fed into whichever process the OMC reactor is supporting (e.g., refining, ammonia production, steelmaking, fuel cells, etc.), while syngas is a flexible intermediate that can be upgraded into a many different valuable hydrocarbons, including synthetic fuels, chemicals, and plastics precursors.

OMC Hydrogen Process (Green Hydrogen)

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OMC Hydrogen Process (Syngas)

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TEAM

Leadership Engineering / R&D
Investors / Advisors

Britt Boughey
Founder

  • Led Navy portion of $510 million effort to fund advanced drop-in biofuel refineries; broadly connected and experienced across conventional and renewable fuels producers

  • Orchestrated acceptance and use of 230 million gallons of renewable diesel fuel blends into the fleets of 31 countries

  • Worked both sides of fundraising table for multiple renewable fuels ventures

  • Combat-proven Navy F/A-18E/F pilot

 
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TEAM

Leadership Engineering / R&D
Investors / Advisors

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University of Colorado Boulder

  • Prof. Al Weimer’s lab has spent 20+ years perfecting the fundamental R&D that enables this process

  • Dr. Kent Warren is a published and patented expert in high temperature thermochemistry

    • Co-discovered and characterized the novel active material that enables OMC Hydrogen's breakthrough efficiency, leads the experimental work

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TEAM

Leadership Engineering / R&D
Investors / Advisors

Dr. Sean Wells
Business Development

  • 20+ years of building, growing, and managing businesses in veterinary, food production, hospitality, construction, and professional service industries

  • Founded, led, and exited NorCal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital in 5 years with >80% CAGR

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