Metacon through its subsidiary Helbio has received an order from the University of Western Macedonia (“UoW”) in Kozani in Greece for an automated system for studies in the field of catalytic hydrogen production from biogas and bio-methane. The order value amounts to approximately 63 000 EUR and delivery is planned for the fourth quarter, 2023.

Using raw biogas for hydrogen production is an attractive solution for producing renewable hydrogen as it is a very large and underutilized non-fossil energy source that exists locally in all countries. New catalytic materials are under development from many research institutes aimed at improving these processes and achieving even better catalytic performance.

Helbio will design and manufacture a raw biogas reforming unit to support continued research and development of new catalytic materials at UoW. The university has a long history of reforming conventional and renewable fuels for hydrogen production. The reforming unit is designed to facilitate the testing of catalytic materials for the production of high-value chemicals and fuels based on carbon dioxide and hydrogen. There is a lot of scientific interest around this area as it can help reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector by recycling carbon dioxide into usable products and ultimately reducing global warming.