Technology for a more
Sustainable Future

Nanoplazz Technologies has developed cutting-edge plasma reactor technology to convert greenhouse gases into value-added fuels and chemicals and to produce carbon nanoparticles with diamond cores to enhance the performance and sustainability of industrial and consumer products.

Electrons to Molecules and Materials

Nanoplazz Technologies is developing technology to exploit the growing use of low carbon, affordable electricity produced from solar PV and wind for the conversion of greenhouse gases and low-energy molecules — carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and water (H2O) — to generate higher-value, higher-energy fuels, chemicals, and materials. In particular, we utilize a novel, high-temperature nanosecond-pulsed plasma for these conversions. We have also developed a plasma-based liquid-phase process for producing carbon nanoparticles, including nanodiamonds, fullerenes, and carbon onions. Carbon nanoparticles can be used as additives in a wide range of products to enhance performance and sustainability. Applications include lubricants, thermal fluids, polishing agents, polymer matrix composites, metal matix composites, coatings, optical, sensors, drug delivery and medical diagnostics.

The emerging era of low-cost, renewable electricity will disrupt the fuels, chemicals and materials industries. We will soon have the possibility to produce carbon-neutral or low-carbon fuels, chemicals, and materials using plasma chemistry.

Global Electrification

Electricity is at the heart of modern economies. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global electricity demand is growing at about twice the rate of primary energy demand. It is clear that the world is electrifying and electricity will provide a bigger fraction of energy to industries and consumers in the future. Today, industry and buildings account for roughly 90% of electricity demand.

Electricity supply is currently experiencing a shift to low carbon sources. The share of renewables in power generation is expected to increase from 26% in 2018 to 44% in 2040 (IEA) .

 

Photovoltaics (PV) and wind are expected to increase from less than 10% of electricity supply to 24% in 2040. This is being driven by supportive government policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions and by the continually falling costs of PV and wind generation. Wind and solar PV are expected to provide more than half of the additional electricity generation to 2040.

Cost reductions in renewables and advances in digital technologies are opening huge opportunities in the transition to low-carbon energy. These trends toward greater global electrification supplied by clean solar PV and wind, together with increasing pressure from governments and society at large to reduce carbon emissions, are going to have major consequences for industry including the energy intensive fuels, chemicals and materials industries. We are on the cusp of a disruption in how fuels, chemicals and materials are produced. Today most energy needs are provided directly or indirectly by the combustion of fossil fuels. Tomorrow we will have the opportunity to utilize electrical energy in the production fuels, chemicals and materials.

Platform – Application

Gas-Phase Platform

We have developed a  gas-phase technology platform for converting low-value, low energy feedstocks to fuels & chemicals

The heart of the platform is a high-temperature, nanosecond-pulsed plasma reactor that has been demonstrated to have high energy efficiency due to a breakthrough in product quenching.

Liquid-Phase Platform

We have developed a  liquid-phase technology platform for producing carbon nanoparticles including nanodiamonds, fullerenes, and carbon onions.

The platform utilizes a high-temperature, nanosecond-pulsed plasma reactor. An organic solvent flows through the reactor between electrodes. A combination of localized high-temperature and pressure produces the carbon nanoparticles.

Applications: Gas Conversions

Candidates for conversion in a plasma reactor are endothermic chemical reactions with high activation energies.

We have demonstrated the efficacy of the gas-phase plasma reactor on several reactions including

  • Dissociation of CO2 to CO and O2,
  • Reaction of CH4 with CO2 to produce CO/H2.
  • Coupling of CH4 to acetylene and H2

Applications: Carbon Nanoparticles

Nanodiamonds are commercially used or understudy for a broad range of applications. Nanoplazz’s focus in a sustainable economy has defined our early product development efforts:
(1) advanced lubricants and nanofluids to reduce friction and wear, improve heat transfer,
(2) novel polymer matrix composites with enhanced strength-to-weight ratios, thermal characteristics, and lifetimes,
(3) renewable energy applications such as in supercapacitors, solar panels and batteries, and
(4)  smart optical monitoring

Partners

We actively seek strategic partners and investors to help us further develop and scale the gas- and liquid-phase plasma technologies and develop products with the carbon nanoparticles we produce.

If you are interested in exploring a partnership or investing in Nanoplazz Technologies, please contact us.