InEnTec Chemical Showcases New Hydrogen Production Process

In a major sustainability milestone for the industry, InEnTec Chemical LLC yesterday announced it successfully completed demonstration of its mobile Plasma Enhanced Melter(TM) (PEM(TM)) system for four of the world's largest chemical companies to produce ultra clean, hydrogen rich synthesis gas (referred to as "syngas") from chemical residuals that would normally be treated as hazardous waste and incinerated. This follows a recent announcement by Dow Corning to adopt InEnTec Chemical's technology for application at its Midland Michigan plant.

"We are excited to be able to help some of the nation's leading chemical companies meet their commercial sustainability goals," said Gary Cook, Chief Executive Officer of InEnTec Chemical. "This is the beginning of a new era -- the commercialization of transforming hazardous waste into valuable products. As far as we know, no one has previously found a way to extract the chemical or product value out of these materials on a commercial scale."

The demonstrations showed that organic residuals can be easily processed in the PEM(TM) to produce a high quality syngas. The syngas can be used to make high purity hydrogen, methanol, hydrogen/carbon monoxide ("HyCO"), and other products used by chemical and refining plants. The use of chemical residuals as feedstock to produce hydrogen and other products reduces the amount of non-renewable natural gas that would otherwise be used to make these products.

InEnTec Plasma Gasification Demo (Port Arthur, TX)

"This successful demonstration helps pave the way for development of InEnTec Chemical's first commercial hydrogen production facility that will begin deployment later this year," said Cook.

Veolia Environmental Services, one of the world's leading providers of environmental services, hosted the demonstrations in Port Arthur, Texas, and has entered an agreement with InEnTec Chemical to operate certain PEM(TM) facilities. Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP, a subsidiary of leading global industrial gas company Air Liquide has signed a letter of intent with InEnTec Chemical to supply industrial gases to InEnTec Chemical's planned facility and to purchase the hydrogen generated by that facility.

"InEnTec Chemical's technology presents a significant opportunity for our company and others in industry to help achieve sustainability goals in an environmentally sound way," said Chris Clark, Senior Vice President, Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP. "We look forward to supplying InEnTec with industrial gases for its projects and to incorporating the hydrogen from its process into our portfolio as an environmentally friendly and commercially viable alternative."

Participation by leading chemical companies in InEnTec Chemical's demonstration underscores their commitment to implementing economically viable and environmentally beneficial solutions to produce sustainable products and reduce their environmental impact.

InEnTec Chemical's PEM(TM) system has been proven effective with a broad variety of feedstocks. Several PEM(TM) systems have been installed or are in progress:

  1. In 2003, Kawasaki Heavy Industries purchased a PEM(TM) system that it has demonstrated in Japan for the destruction of PCBs and asbestos, and Kawasaki is now developing commercial facilities using PEM(TM) systems.
  2. Since 2005, Global Plasma in Taiwan has been using InEnTec's technology to convert medical waste into syngas that is used to produce clean electric power.
  3. In October 2007, InEnTec Chemical's parent company announced a 10-year contract with Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, Michigan to convert about 20 tons per day of Dow Corning's hazardous waste into clean syngas and hydrochloric acid. Veolia Environmental Services will operate that facility.

InEnTec Chemical's technology has been approved for various uses by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Japan and Taiwan environmental regulatory agencies, and many U.S. states. Please visit for a list of all agency approvals.

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