Hydrogen for Other Industrial Uses
Hydrogen is used in a range of other industries, including chemical production, metal refining, food processing and electronics manufacturing. Hydrogen is either delivered to customers in these industries as compressed or liquid hydrogen, or generated on-site from water using a process known as electrolysis or from natural gas using a process call reforming. In certain applications, there is a gradual shift towards on-site generation to replace delivered compressed or liquid hydrogen, largely based on the lower cost of new on-site hydrogen generation technologies when compared to delivered hydrogen. Xebec's PSA systems are used in on-site reforming systems to increase the purity of the hydrogen produced to the levels demanded by certain of the consuming industries.
Xebec currently sells its first generation H-3100 and H-3200 PSA products into the industrial hydrogen market. Capital cost reduction is critical to the continued expansion of the on-site hydrogen generation market using small scale reforming technology, including cost reduction of the hydrogen purification equipment included in these systems. Xebec's PSA systems offer a cost advantage over conventional PSA systems in the small scale on-site hydrogen generation market. In addition, the modular, skid mounted design of the our PSA systems allows customers to integrate the product into their packaged hydrogen generation systems, avoiding the need for costly field erection of larger PSA equipment.