The increasing energy demand in the world requires development of environmentally clean alternative energy resources. Hydrogen may become a future fuel in the energy system for a cleaner planet. The development of several types of oil and gas fields have economic limitations. The significant volumes of these already discovered hydrocarbon reserves are:

  • Hydrocarbon gas in tight reservoirs,
  • Remaining oil in depleted fields,
  • Heavy oil and bitumen deposits,
  • Coal bed methane.

One of the possible ways to make use of these hard to recover hydrocarbon reserves is to convert them in-situ to a source of clean energy – hydrogen. This process can also enable sequestration of produced CO in the reservoir avoiding its release to the atmosphere. Laboratory experiments and simulations have been performed to validate applicability of hydrogen generation from hydrocarbons in the reservoir. In the proposed novel process the reservoir is converted into a ready to produce high pressure hydrogen storage cell. Hydrocarbon processing and transportation stages on the surface are therefore abated.


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