Is small the perfect answer for SMRs? – Mo Vargas on Bayotech and the role of modular reforming
On this weeks episode the team discuss the appeal of modular reforming of biogas and natural gas with Mo Vargas from Bayotech. The company use a proprietary modular reformer technology to help provide low cost, decentralise hydrogen production units for onsite demand at various scales using biogas, waste gases and natural gas with carbon capture. With large scale steam methane reforming accounting for 95% of hydrogen production in major markets like the US and Europe today, the team dive into the good, the bad and the unusual considerations behind the growing international demand for modular methane reforming technologies and how Bayotech see the transition from a CO2 intensive process today, to a net zero emission future. All this and more on the show!
BayoTech manufactures low cost onsite hydrogen generation equipment. Our goal is to provide our customers with the lowest cost hydrogen in an easy and modular fashion. BayoTech is committed to addressing the need for consistent, cost-effective supply of hydrogen. We offer modular, scalable, and rapidly deployable hydrogen generation plants for on-site hydrogen production that empower our customers to take control of their hydrogen supply chain.
BayoTech’s unique approach to SMR hydrogen
BayoTech is that we are a pure play hydrogen technology company. We only produce hydrogen – no power, no heat for external purposes. Our core technology is a SMR Bayonet, with a very low pressure drop catalyst form factor which allows us to capture significant amounts of heat internally, reducing the amount of energy required for the process. This leads to efficiency which in turn leads to lower carbon footprint. This combined with being onsite, allows us to eliminate the significant cost of compression and or liquification plus eliminate transportation too and the associated carbon footprint.
The role of steam methane reforming on the path toward zero carbon
Steam methane reformers can use biogas as a carbon neutral feedstock for hydrogen generation. There are also many interesting solutions for carbon capture that can help further reduce carbon footprint. BayoTech’s process is more efficient, so we are uniquely positioned with a technology that allows us to have a lower carbon footprint by design. Our on-site SMR eliminates transportation associated with carbon footprint. We expect to see at least a 25% reduction in the carbon footprint associated with the SMR heating process due to efficiency
The future of BayoTech
BayoTech is in the midst of our series C round and have several parties in the data room currently. We believe that there is a great opportunity to add to our existing 200, 500 and 1000 kilo lineup and ramp up to also include a 5 tonne, 10 tonne and 30 tonne per day hydrogen unit and onsite ammonia units in late 2021. In addition we would like to launch a Gas as a service in certain key markets around the world where we can offer low cost hydrogen to customers in addition to our other approaches to market.