Solutions Inspired by the Sea

How it works

torontosmogcleanIt’s not easy to replicate the chemisynthesis that bacteria perform, using non-living catalysts, or we would have been doing so a long time ago. The key innovation that was needed is a catalyst with sufficient stability and performance to perform the chemical reaction under industrial conditions. The chemical reaction is technically known as ‘CO2-reforming of methane’, or ‘dry-reforming’ for short. In this reaction, methane and carbon dioxide are transformed into syngas, which is made of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Syngas is an outstanding raw material that can be converted into a wide variety of chemicals and fuels.

Methane reforming into syngas is already performed on a wide-scale industrial basis, often as a source of hydrogen for industrial processes. However, the conventional process uses steam instead of CO2. Therefore, there is limited environmental benefit from the conventional process.

Neemo has developed one of the first and best catalysts that can perform dry-reforming under industrial conditions. This catalyst is based upon years of pre-commercial research and development. We call this catalyst Seabiscuit™, in honour of the deep sea organisms that inspire us with their chemisynthesis™ powers. Seabiscuit™ is the key to unlocking the power of chemisynthesis for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to a healthier planet for all of us.