Producing large volumes of industrial gas is extremely energy intensive. A world scale air separation facility typically demands well over 30 mega-watts of electricity. A world scale hydrogen plant routinely consumes over 40 MMSCF of natural gas per day. Although the SMR and ASU production technologies continue to become more and more efficient, cryogenic distillation and steam methane reforming will always be large energy consumers.
Given today’s focus on ESG metrics, the major Industrial Gas Suppliers have all focused on energy reduction and new technologies relating to the production of Green products. For the most part, the new technologies simply do not compete with current production economics, particularly in geographies with well-developed utility infrastructure. However, that does not mean that the IGS stakeholders are not interested in supplementing their supply portfolio with some portion of Green product and further developing the technology.
For those companies developing Green production or other unique B/D applications, use IGCA to understand the methods and costs of traditional industrial gas production/distribution, and to develop a potential business case justifying a commercial relationship with the IGS or their downstream customers that creates value for all parties. IGCA has relationships with most of the major IGS B/D or management teams, and can facilitate such conversations when appropriate.