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Blue Hydrogen – Gas-Gas Separation Technologies

August 17, 2021 @ 4:45 pm - 7:00 pm

$10.00 – $15.00

Society of Petroleum Engineers Western Australia is pleased to announce the August Facilities Group Technical Event lead by Dr Gongkui Xiao, Research Fellow from The University of Western Australia.

About the Presentation

Hydrogen is increasingly being acknowledged as an energy carrier that will help achieve a low or net zero-carbon energy future. Currently, more than 95% of the hydrogen in the world is produced from fossil fuels, with or without the capture of the co-produced carbon dioxide. When the carbon dioxide is captured and sequestered (e.g. permanently stored in depleted oil or gas reservoirs or deep saline aquifers), the hydrogen is referred to as blue hydrogen.

Several gas-gas separation operations are involved in the production of blue hydrogen from methane steam reforming, hydrocarbon reforming or coal gasification.  These include desulfurization of the feed gas or syngas to protect the catalysts used in the production process, the removal of gas impurities in the hydrogen product stream, the capture and purification of the carbon dioxide co-produced in the process, and optional further separation or recovery of valuable components such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons in the vent gas from the hydrogen purification and CO2 removal units.  More recently the low carbon-hydrogen (LCH) process offers a major improvement in blue hydrogen production through the use of oxygen.

Gas-gas separation operations are also essential in the application of hydrogen as an energy carrier. Ammonia is already in use as a transport friendly proxy for hydrogen. The ammonia production process requires air separation to provide the nitrogen for ammonia synthesis, the purification of the produced ammonia, and the recovery of hydrogen from the vent of liquid ammonia storage. In addition, there is also a need for the separation of hydrogen from natural gas if the produced hydrogen is blended with natural gas for pipeline transportation to end-users.

This presentation reviews the gas-gas separation technologies required in the production, distribution and use of blue hydrogen.

About the Speaker – Dr Gongkui Xiao


Dr Gongkui Xiao graduated with a PhD degree in chemical engineering from Monash University in 2012. He then worked as a post-doc researcher at Monash University and the University of Melbourne on the modelling and pilot demonstration of carbon capture processes. He is now a chartered professional engineer and research fellow at The University of Western Australia. His research revolves around the development and application of novel materials and processes in energy and environmental related technologies. He has published more than 40 papers related to gas separations. He has consulted on industry projects for improving the efficiency of gas separation processes for companies in the Middle East and North America.

About the Event

Price:             SPE Member $10
Price:             Non-Member $15
Price:             Bring a friend for free, but it must be in the same registration.
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Date:              Tuesday, 17th of August 2021

Location:      Riff Spacecubed – 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA

Time:              4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Registration & Networking
Time:              5:00 pm – 5:05  pm  SPE WA Opening
Time:              5:05  pm  – 5:45 pm Presentation
Time:              5:45  pm  – 6:00 pm Q&A
Time:              6:00 pm  – 7:00 pm Networking Drinks & Nibbles



August 17, 2021
4:45 pm - 7:00 pm
$10.00 – $15.00


Riff Spacecubed – Basement at CORE
45 St Georges Terrace
Perth, Western Australia 6000 Australia
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