The hydrogen economy is expected to benefit with a multiyear strategic framework agreement inked by BayoTech and Emerson. Under the initiative, Emerson will deliver advanced automation technologies, software and products to enable BayoTech to build hundreds of modular steam methane reformers (SMRs) to produce cleaner, lower-cost hydrogen.

BayoTech’s modular SMRs produce up to 1,000 kg of hydrogen per day, enough to fill as many as 200 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The technology requires less feedstock, which means lower carbon emissions and less cost to produce hydrogen than traditional reformers. To meet growing hydrogen demand, BayoTech is leveraging its core technology to develop 5 ton, 10 ton and 20 ton units, which will drive further efficiencies. Using Emerson’s programmable logic controller and edge control technologies, remote monitoring and Microsoft Azure internet of things suite, the unmanned, fully autonomous skids will operate and be monitored remotely from BayoTech’s Albuquerque, New Mexico headquarters.

Hydrogen hubs will produce and supply local hydrogen to customers. Source: BayoTechHydrogen hubs will produce and supply local hydrogen to customers. Source: BayoTech

These hydrogen generation units are already being built and will be placed in BayoGaaS™ hydrogen hubs and at customer sites worldwide. From the hubs, locally produced hydrogen will be distributed to nearby consumers via BayoTech high-pressure gas transport and storage equipment, which can transport three times more hydrogen per trip than traditional steel tube trailers. The higher payloads translate into lower transportation costs, higher driver productivity and less carbon emissions.

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