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The Next Generation of Carbon Black: Plasma Black from Renewable Energy and Methane

E08 maier

Event: 200th Technical Meeting - Fall 2021
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: October 05, 2021
Author: Thomas Maier
Paper Number: E08

Price: $20.00

  • Carbon black has been made through the millennia via a variety of different processes. Monolith’s new plasma process to produce carbon black via methane pyrolysis is far more environmentally friendly than any process from the past. In the plasma process, there are almost zero emissions of CO2, SOx, and NOx. Detailed Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) data will be shared that reveals the low level of emissions and how this can reduce the carbon footprint of rubber products. Further, the carbon black produced can be designed to perform equal to or better than conventional carbon blacks. Importantly, because Monolith uses an anaerobic environment to crack methane into carbon black and hydrogen, the process is almost entirely free of GHG emissions. Additionally, the heat used to crack the methane is generated from renewable energy. The hydrogen that is generated from this process is considered to be “turquoise” hydrogen, one of the best forms of clean hydrogen available. This turquoise hydrogen has many applications. For example, it can be reacted with nitrogen to generate turquoise ammonia via the Haber Bosch process. Overall, it is expected that the world’s next generation processes and engineering technologies will drive development of greener products resulting in less pollution. Monolith strives to be an industry leader in the implementation of green manufacturing processes for reinforcing carbon black, hydrogen, and ammonia.

    Papers from 200th Technical Meeting - Fall 2021

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