U.S. gas company Air Products ties up with Hyundai Oilbank to utilize hydrogen energy

By Lim Chang-won Posted : April 6, 2021, 17:27 Updated : April 6, 2021, 17:27

[Courtesy of Hyundai Oilbank]

SEOUL -- Air Products, an American industrial gas company known for supplying liquid hydrogen for every Space Shuttle launch, tied up with Hyundai Oilbank, a refinery arm of South Korea's top shipbuilding group, to utilize hydrogen energy. The partnership is part of Hyundai Oilbank's strategy to become an eco-friendly energy business platform.

Through cooperation with Air Products, which provides essential industrial gases, related equipment and applications expertise, Hyundai Oilbank said it would produce hydrogen with crude oil by-products and natural gas as fuel for cars and power generation. The company would resource collected carbon into calcium carbonate, dry ice and fertilizer.

In a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation, the two companies would cooperate in developing a business model that produces green hydrogen by using renewable energy, Hyundai Oilbank said, adding it would produce 100,000 tons of blue hydrogen by 2025. Green hydrogen is produced from water using renewable power while blue hydrogen is derived from natural gas with carbon capture technology.

Hyundai Oilbank CEO Kang Dal-ho said in a statement on April 6 that his company would try to reduce the proportion of oil refining sales from 85 percent to 40 percent by 2030. "We will transform our company into an eco-friendly energy business platform by increasing the proportion of operating profit generated by three future businesses, including blue hydrogen, to 70 percent."

By 2030, the Hyundai shipbuilding group aims to establish a hydrogen value chain that combines the infrastructure and technology competitiveness of affiliates to produce, transport, store and utilize hydrogen on land and sea. Hyundai Oilbank would produce blue hydrogen and use it for desulfurization facilities or sell it as fuel for vehicles and power generation.

Under a deal on March 3 with Saudi Aramco, Hyundai Oilbank will import Aramco's liquefied petroleum gas to produce blue hydrogen and use Aramco's ammonia as fuel for liquefied natural gas boilers to be established by 2024. Ammonia, which is a combination of nitrogen and hydrogen, was highlighted as the top resource to establish a fuel cell-based infrastructure.

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