Albuquerque startup BayoTech Inc. is blazing a path for hydrogen, ammonia and fertilizer producers to replace today’s mammoth, centralized facilities with modular, transportable production units.
The technology, originally developed at Sandia National Laboratories, could allow chemical companies to produce fuel and fertilizer right where it’s used – at the doorsteps of farms, or next to future filling stations for hydrogen-powered vehicles. That could mean far-lower costs for growing food, and for replacing carbon-emitting, gasoline-fueled cars with cleaner ones that run on fuel cells.
And it’s technology that will hit the market next year, said BayoTech CEO Justin Eisenach.
“We have a prototype now for the modular hydrogen plant,” Eisenach said. “We continue to refine it, but we’ve shown that it works. We’ll have our first sales sometime in 2019.”