The Mecure Hotel MOA Berlin in Germany is being powered by hydrogen.
The hotel no longer heats with natural gas but instead with hydrogen from biogas, thanks to methane plasmalysis technology developed by Graforce.
Using electricity from renewable energies, the MOA-H2eat solution splits the biogas into hydrogen and solid carbon.
According to Graforce, methane plasmalysis is just as climate-friendly as electrolysis, but the costs are significantly lower.
For the zero emission heating process, the MOA Berlin uses modified gas condensing boilers fuelled by a mixture of green hydrogen and biogas.
The mixing ratio is controlled by the methane plasmalyser. Initially the heat generation is 30 vol.% hydrogen and 70 vol.% biogas, and this will be gradually increased over the following months.
Graforce said the solid carbon can be used as an industrial raw material, for paints and ceramics or, as in the case of the MOA Berlin, for producing asphalt. Thus, CO2 is permanently bound.
“Graforce offers the worldwide first market-ready technology for CO2 reduction and a green alternative to the controversial CCS storage,” the company said.
The MOA-H2eat solution was just awarded with the German Gas Industry Innovation Prize for its “approach that revolutionises the heating market and contributes to decentralised decarbonisation”.