Hydrogen is the world’s lightest element, is annotated atomic number one, and sits at the beginning of our elemental table. It is also the most readily available chemical substance in our entire universe. Under standard temperature and pressures, hydrogen exists as a colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-toxic, nonmetallic gas with high combustibility.
Industrial production of hydrogen is mostly produced through steam reforming natural gas. It may also be produced from methods like electrolysis of water. Most often you will see hydrogen operations near-production processes of other commodities which are hydrogen creation intensive. The two most common being hydrocracking and ammonia production for fertilization needs. In many industrial settings, the use/production of hydrogen must be carefully planned due to the chemical interaction between the element and metals. Its presence can embrittle many metals, making its storage and transportation rather difficult on tank and pipeline systems.
- Chemical and Petroleum Industries
- Fossil fuels and ammonia require large quantities of H2 for upgradation.
- H2 can be used as a reduction agent in metallic ores
- It can be used as a shielding agent in welding methods
- Power stations use H2 in electric generators to cool rotors due to its thermal conductivity levels
- Hydrogen is mixed with nitrogen to form a tracer gas in detecting gas leaks.
- Semiconductor Industry
- It can be used to saturate broken bonds of amorphous silicon amorphous carbon and stabile the materials.
- I can act as a potential electron donor for a number of oxide materials
- Fuel Cells
- Hydrogen fuel cells generate electricity from hydrogen and oxygen. Its combustion generates a vast amount of energy while only producing water vapor and thus is considered environmentally friendly.
- Food Industries
- It is used to create hydrogenated vegetable oils like margarine and butter. When combined with hydrogen and using nickel as a catalyst, solid fat is produced.
With acres of industrial space, direct access to two-port systems, as well as some of the longest stretches of Interstate 45 access running down its length, Galveston County is primed to offer some of the best opportunities for your ammonia intensive project. Contact our office today to learn how we can help your venture take the next steps towards success.