ENERGY

DECARBONIZATION

FOR THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT

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Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Partners,

Oceanit is happy to introduce EDGE, our initiative for energy transformation, decarbonization, and the environment that addresses Climate Change and its impact on humans, society, and the planet. The climate crisis is the defining issue of our era. We are all very concerned about the devastating environmental toll that has been exacted around the globe, by both developed and emerging nations, in pursuit of energy. Nevertheless, we firmly believe that with a determination to marshal science, technology, and engineering, as well as a willingness to discover, explore, and deploy disruptive innovations, we can make a difference and leave the world on a better course for the future.

The modern world we all enjoy runs on energy – and most of what we do each day requires energy.  Wars are fought over energy, as chronicled in Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power. The realization that our methods and use of energy, largely reliant on petroleum since 1859, are harming our planet calls us to action. This enormous challenge creates a vast opportunity to influence how humanity will evolve the way we produce, consume, and manage energy. This is a global issue of local consequence that demands an upheaval of modern norms, a transformation on par with the industrial revolution or the propagation of the electrical power grid in the last centuries.

In the 1970s, I was introduced to a book called The Limits to Growth – A Report for THE CLUB OF ROME’S Project on the Predicament of Mankind, by Donella Meadows, et. al. The book forecasted global calamity as the world’s population growth outstripped global resources and lurched forward toward starvation and economic collapse. This did not happen: science and technology prevailed to change the calculus and outcomes of those dire predictions.

Then in 2006, US Vice President Al Gore articulated the threat of full-scale, global climate calamity in An Inconvenient Truth – The Crisis of Global Warming. I believe fundamental science can work to change the calculus once again, so that we may fulfil climate commitments and limit the rise of global temperatures. Our collective and ongoing response has come to be referred to as the ‘global energy transformation’.

I believe we can achieve energy transformation through imagination -- better ideas on energy; disruptive ideas, from beyond left field, that cover a vast array of issues like efficiency, renewables, carbon sequestration, and more. EDGE encompasses these ideas, programs, projects, and products that Oceanit will deliver to address climate change and decarbonization.

Disruptive innovation is where Oceanit is at its best; it’s our zone -- solving important and impossible problems.  With EDGE and our approach to disruptive innovation, Intellectual Anarchy, we will contribute to solving this era’s most critical challenge -- energy transformation and decarbonization for our planet.

Sincerely,

Dr. Patrick K. Sullivan

Oceanit CEO & Founder

INNOVATING FOR THE
NEW ENERGY ECOSYSTEM

EDGE is Disruptive innovation for Exploration & production, transmission & refining, distribution & storage, and New Energies
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Hawaiʻi Gas is an industry leader in hydrogen transmission and has been using hydrogen in their utility fuel mix for decades. Oceanit and Hawaiʻi Gas are piloting new solutions to overcome the technological challenges of increasing the concentration of green hydrogen into their supply mix, which if successful, can be scaled to the rest of the world.

Hydrogen TRANSMISSION: HYDROPEL

Enabling safe hydrogen transmission through existing pipeline infrastructure.

What is Hydrogen? Hydrogen (H2) is an energy vector that has shown great promise worldwide as a solution for meeting climate challenges. This is because it is able to store and supply large quantities of energy per mass unit without creating CO2 emissions during combustion.
Transporting hydrogen is a big problem. Compressing and transporting H2 through existing natural gas infrastructure is considered the most efficient and economical pathway to further hydrogen energy adoption. The good news is that the US already has nearly 3 million miles of natural gas pipeline that link production to storage to consumers. “Hydrogen embrittlement” is a phenomenon that occurs when H2’s relatively small molecules penetrate metals, making pipe walls brittle and at risk of rupture. In moving larger amounts of H2 via existing pipelines, the gas poses a high risk of cracks and leaks.

ENERGY PRODUCTION: HEATX

Reduce emissions and improve power generation efficiency at existing power production facilities.

How is electricity produced today? A majority of electricity production in the U.S. and world is generated from thermal power plants which produce electricity by using heat (burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, coal, biomass, etc.) to turn water to steam which, in turn, drives turbines to produce electricity.

Improving Energy Generation with Effective Heat Transfer. HeatX® is a disruptive technology that improves the efficiency and performance in power generation, refining, and other industrial processes that require heat transfer. HeatX is nano-structured surface treatment technology that enables heat transfer surfaces to effectively repel fouling and protects against corrosion while maintaining thermal transfer properties. HeatX treatment reduces maintenance and downtime costs while mitigating bio-fouling/corrosion and preserving heat transfer efficiency.

By preserving heat transfer, HeatX reduces carbon emissions without changing power generation equipment or operations. It enables huge reductions in downtime for cleaning and maintenance, allows for less fuel burn to generate the same amount of energy output, lowering both consumption costs..

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Italian energy firm Eni S.p.A. and Oceanit presented the results of a collaborative HeatX pilot program at ADIPEC 2021, which demonstrated the potential to reduce carbon emissions from a single power plant by 17,000 tons annually. HX surfaces treated with HeatX showed a 97% improvement compared with untreated control surfaces. Taken on a global scale, HeatX’s ability to prevent fouling in power plant and refinery HX equipment could mitigate of 85 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.

“Clean hydrogen is an incredibly versatile tool for decarbonizing our economy and tackling the climate crisis. DOE is laser focused on building a future with cleaner manufacturing, transportation, and electricity — all of which can be achieved with clean hydrogen technology."

Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy

Hydrogen Production: HALO

High energy physics applied to green hydrogen production.

What is Green vs Blue vs Grey Hydrogen? Gray hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels through steam reforming. Over 70 percent of gray hydrogen is produced from natural gas (mostly methane). Blue hydrogen is produced through steam reforming, but production plants are retrofitted with carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology. Green hydrogen is produced by electrolysis, which splits water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity. Since electrolysis does not give off CO2 as a byproduct, green hydrogen is the only form of hydrogen with a virtually carbon-free production process. 

Common ways Green Hydrogen is produced today. Green Hydrogen is mainly produced using the electrolysis of water, a technology invented over 100 years ago in the 1880s. The process has been fundamentally unchanged since then. If made using electrolysis, global hydrogen production would today use about 15% of world electricity generation.

HALO introduces a new hydrogen production paradigm. HALO utilizes high efficiency directed energy to produce clean hydrogen. It is a practical application of high energy physics to demonstrate a novel idea in green H2 production. HALO produces green hydrogen, along with other value-added materials to significantly reduce waste and offset the environmental impact of energy production.

More Edge technologies

HyDIOS (Hydrogen Detection using Intelligent Optical Sensors) monitors hydrogen blends within gas pipelines, allowing for expanded and more efficient distribution of hydrogen fuel.

SCIN (Steel Cement Interfacial Nanobond) technology is a nanocomposite surface treatment that achieves significant improvement in the wettability of steel – a naturally hydrophobic material.

Scanite is a responsive acoustic metamaterial, transforming wells of today for digital integrity monitoring. Scanite provides valuable, real-time well integrity information for the digital oil field.

MANA is a new class of hybrid polymer battery separators for next-gen Lithium-Ion batteries, developed with controllable porosity, conductivity, and excellent thermal stability (up to 250°C).