The Hazer Process enables the effective conversion of natural gas and similar feedstocks into hydrogen and high-quality graphite, using iron ore as a process catalyst.
The pre-pilot plant operation is part of the company’s plans to commercialise this process.
Hazer’s acting CEO Mark Edwards said: “Over the course of scale-up development, the pre-pilot plant has generated incredibly valuable information on process operations necessary to de-risk the design and develop the commercial scale mass and energy balance.
“We have successfully overcome the design and operation issues encountered during the initial phase, many of which were directly related to the small-scale nature of the pre-pilot plant.”
An important step towards commercialisation
Significantly, the fully continuous operation successfully demonstrated the on-line injection of the iron ore catalyst and the sustained graphite movement out of the reactor.
This is important because it indicates that the process can work over extended periods of time while consistently producing both graphite and hydrogen under continuous steady-state operation.
Moving onto the next phase
The company has gathered sufficient data to move into the next stage of optimising the process with a larger reactor.
The pre-pilot plant’s second-generation reactor design has been finalised and construction is progressing on schedule with expected delivery in mid-2018.