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Hydrogen Plant to Save Air Products, ExxonMobil Facilities 15% Energy

Air Products has cut the ribbon on a hydrogen manufacturing facility that uses excess gas from a neighboring ExxonMobil refinery when making its product.

Hydrogen manufactured at Air Products’ Rotterdam, Netherlands, facility (pictured) is then used by the refinery for the desulphurization of oil products and in the manufacture of petrochemicals. Processes applied at the hydrogen plant are significantly more efficient that the refinery’s previous method of hydrogen supply, the company says.

Finally, the hydrogen plant also delivers steam to the refinery. The synergy in the production processes of the two plants will improve overall energy efficiency by more than 15 percent, Air Products says.

As a result of the new processes Air Products has increases hydrogen production capacity at the site by approximately 50 percent and the site should emit 200,000 tons fewer of carbon emissions per year, Air Products says.

Facilities run by Air products and ExxonMobil were named on the EPA’s secret “watch list” of potential clean air violators, published for the first time in November last year by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity.

The EPA created the list in 2004 in response to criticism that it wasn’t being tough enough on chronic violators of the Clean Air Act. A facility can find itself on the list if regulators don’t take action within nine months of determining that the plant is a chronic or serious violator of environmental regulations.

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