Standard Hydrogen | FAQ


Why does the world need Standard Hydrogen’s breakthrough hydrogen technology?

Our technology produces low-cost, zero-emission hydrogen while simultaneously eliminating large volumes of garbage (i.e., plastics, used tires, wood, paper, rotting food, and any hydrocarbon waste).

How does Standard Hydrogen produce hydrogen?

Currently, the scientific and engineering communities know of only two processes to produce hydrogen: the steam reformation of methane and the electrolysis of water. We use a new, third process to produce hydrogen: economically splitting hydrogen sulfide into high-purity hydrogen and sulfur.

How do plastics fit into the Standard Hydrogen process?

With a few exceptions, plastic consists of long chains of carbon and hydrogen atoms. By mixing plastic with hot sulfur, the highly reactive sulfur combines with the hydrogen in the plastic to form hydrogen sulfide, leaving behind nontoxic carbon. Once the hydrogen sulfide is created, it is economically split into high-purity hydrogen and sulfur. The hydrogen is removed and stored, and the sulfur (which is hot from the reaction) is returned to the reaction vessel to be mixed with more plastic.

What do you do with the excess sulfur?

After the Standard Hydrogen process splits the hydrogen sulfide, the sulfur can be reused, sold, or repurposed in sulfuric acid, pharmaceuticals, cement, or fertilizer.

When will Standard Hydrogen begin processing garbage?

The second-generation prototype reactor is in the early testing phase. We are targeting the first quarter of 2021 to have a commercial reactor at a pilot plant.

When will Standard Hydrogen begin commercially producing hydrogen?

Our target is to produce commercially available hydrogen by the second quarter of 2021. Once production is underway, we will be producing white hydrogen for the market in ever-increasing quantities.

How is the white hydrogen you produce any different from green hydrogen?

Although producing low-cost, zero-emissions, green hydrogen is perceived as the holy grail in energy production, the process does nothing to clean an already polluted world. Standard Hydrogen’s white hydrogen is like low-cost, zero-emissions, green hydrogen with one very important, additional benefit: it consumes garbage, forever removing it from the environment. The more hydrogen we produce, the more garbage Standard Hydrogen cleans up.

How does Standard Hydrogen avoid emissions in the process of producing hydrogen?

Whereas the other existing forms of hydrogen production require energy from the grid to either heat steam or consume electricity, the Standard Hydrogen process requires no outside energy. Our Standard Hydrogen reactors produce more energy than they consume, so the reactors power themselves, requiring no connection to outside power sources. It is extremely difficult to be cleaner and more environmentally benign than the Standard Hydrogen process.

How does your hydrogen-producing process benefit the oil and gas industry?

We will help refining companies dispose of their hydrogen sulfide by recovering their hydrogen and sulfur. This process will eliminate their hydrogen sulfide-related capital and operating expenditures while also lowering the cost of their hydrogen purchases.

What’s the difference between a hydrogen-powered electric vehicle and a plug-in electric vehicle?

Hydrogen pumps dispense hydrogen gas like a gasoline pump dispenses gasoline, which means it only takes minutes to fill a tank and achieve full-range capability. Unlike batteries, hydrogen fuel cells do not lose their ability to produce full power over long periods. Using hydrogen fuel cells is also a cleaner way to power your electric vehicle since you are not relying on potentially dirty power from the electrical grid.

Is the Standard Hydrogen process similar to the Claus process?

In a nutshell, the Claus process is an energy-intensive, dirty process requiring a lot of power and maintenance to keep running. When the process destroys the hydrogen sulfide, it recovers the sulfur but not the hydrogen, which is why the Claus process is referred to as a sulfur recovery process.

Who is your target audience?

Our goal is to engage R&D in the oil and gas industry, environmental groups, investors, and the general public who will be purchasing our hydrogen to power their vehicles and for other purposes.