A Western Australian company, the Hazer Group, is currently scaling-up a patented process, based on “methane cracking”, which it says will halve the cost of hydrogen production. The process, developed at the University of Western Australia, creates clean hydrogen and high quality graphite.

At the core of its technology, the Hazer Process uses unprocessed iron ore as a low cost catalyst to “crack” natural gas and similar feedstocks to produce the hydrogen and graphite.

The company says that its process will not only achieve cost savings for the hydrogen producer, but will result in significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions.

The graphite produced is high purity, highly crystalline ‘synthetic’ graphite. Production can be tailored to create a range of graphite morphologies, potentially targeting multiple specialised markets and end user applications.