The Monolith Process

Hydrogen is conventionally produced by steam reforming natural gas or coal, a process that emits roughly 10 T of CO2 for every T of hydrogen. Conventional carbon black is produced by burning decant oil or coal tar, releasing over 2 T of CO2 per T of carbon black.

At Monolith, we have developed and perfected a new technology that uses renewable electricity to convert natural gas into carbon black and hydrogen. This clean, environmentally responsible process creates nearly zero local emissions and significantly reduced life-cycle emissions overall.

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Natural gas feedstock enters the reactor here.

A process gas
can be added
to help heat the
natural gas.

The natural gas is super-heated by electricity.

So there is no flame, creating a CO2-free process.

This heat
breaks the bonds
between the carbon
and hydrogen
in the natural
gas molecule.

The separated carbon atoms and pairs of hydrogen atoms move through the chamber.

As they move through the chamber, the carbon atoms begin to cluster together.

We control both the surface area and how the carbon molecules cluster together to form various grades of carbon black.

The carbon black
and hydrogen leave
the chamber and
enter the main
unit filter.

From here, the clean hydrogen is directed to its end users while the carbon black is finished with a traditional process.

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