Hydrogen Purification Project from Synthesis Gas from Solid Waste (HyCO2H2)

The problem of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a current challenge that significantly impacts global warming and its climatic consequences. The energy sector accounts for over 75% of GHG emissions, with the production processes of fuels, natural gas, and electricity being the primary sources of these emissions.

In this context, the search for clean energy sources has led to a focus on hydrogen (H2) as a promising alternative. H2 is the only energy source that, upon combustion, emits only water steam (H2O) and has a high energy density. However, the production of green H2 (derived from renewable sources) faces technical and costly limitations, driving the exploration of efficient alternatives to advance towards a circular economy model. Among these alternatives is blue H2, obtained from synthesis gas, although its purification involves high energy consumption.

Aware of this need and committed to the challenge, GRIT launches the development of innovative hybrid technology for hydrogen purification, highly efficient and with minimal energy consumption. This technology will support large-scale applications for electricity generation through synthesis gas combustion, as well as industrial hydrogen production through syngas conversion with steam. This approach will help meet the demand for emission-free energy sources.


GRIT’s specialized researching team, led by Dr. Ángel Gutiérrez, has a strong background and extensive experience in gas technology development. The project focuses on purifying synthesis gas from solid waste gasification plants, leveraging the energy required for reforming and gasification to enhance overall energy efficiency. The realization of this pioneering idea will face technical challenges, such as adapting the process to different types of solids for gasification. However, its potential impact on reducing GHG emissions and promoting the circular economy justifies the efforts invested.

This initiative, classified as a research and development (R&D) project, requires exhaustive work in industrial research and experimental development to create disruptive technology that meets industry standards. In line with this, it aligns with the guidelines of the Center for Technological Development and Innovation (CDTI), earning co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER). This financial support aims to promote technological progress, innovation, and quality research through the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, recognizing the potential of this project as a catalyst for technological advancement in Spain.

The success of this project will not only consolidate GRIT as a leader in innovative technology development but will also have a significant impact on the chemical industry by providing a robust, scalable, and environmentally responsible solution for hydrogen purification. Additionally, it will contribute to pollution reduction and promote cleaner energy generation, improving people’s quality of life and fostering environmental and social sustainability


This project has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with the aim of promoting technological development, innovation, and high-quality research.

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