Raven™ selects Watlow® as its technology partner for the new hydrogen reactor

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Watlow®, a designer and manufacturer of complete industrial thermal systems, is proud to announce that it was selected by Raven SR Inc. as a thermal technology partner for the field trial of their Steam/CO combustion-free balance2 Reforming of the SR2 unit which converted methane to transport grade hydrogen. The SR2 reactor successfully performed at a rate that exceeds other commercially available technologies for producing hydrogen from methane. Raven’s patented steam/carbon dioxide reforming process transforms all waste – biomass, municipal solid waste, bio-solids, industrial waste, sewage, medical waste and unwanted, unusable, excess natural gas, low-methane – into synthetic gas, which is then converted into renewable energy products including hydrogen-, sulfur- and nitrogen-free Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels and additives and solvents.

The SR2 reactor uses Watlow’s zero-emission electric heater technology to power Raven’s reductive chemical reaction, which eliminates combustion and is therefore a much cleaner process that converts all feedstock into fuel rather than burn it.

“We are pleased to partner with Raven™ on their innovative hydrogen production solution,” said Jeff Diestelmeier, vice president and general manager of Watlow’s energy and environmental technologies business unit. “This technology aligns perfectly with Watlow’s vision of enriching lives through sustainable energy solutions that power the globe.”

Watlow’s thermal system includes MULTICELL™ high temperature heaters, WATCONNECT® pre-engineered control panels and temperature and power controllers.

In addition, Watlow engineers developed a special IoT device that provides a cloud-connected dashboard for data logging, near real-time monitoring of system output and visualization of thermal performance. The solution also provides a foundation for diagnostic and predictive system analytics at scale.

“This was a monumental day to show how our technology is very productive and efficient in creating a hydrogen-rich gas for downstream conversion to renewable fuels. We now have the tools to deliver advanced fuels with low to carbon-negative intensity to markets around the world,” said Matt Murdock, CEO of Raven SR.

Raven’s technology provides a carbon-free solution for both energy generation and consumption. Hydrogen can be produced without harmful emissions to power fuel cells that can create electricity with only heat and water vapor as byproducts.

Raven SR plans to bring its first Steam/CO commercial2 Coming online in early 2023 at the West Contra Costa Health Landfill facility in Richmond, California, where it will convert organic green waste into transportation-grade hydrogen for domestic customers.

About Watlow

Watlow is a global industrial technology and manufacturing leader that provides world-class engineering expertise and innovative thermal products and systems that enable customers to thrive. Watlow brings her experience in multiple industries, including semiconductor processing, environmental chambers, energy processes, petroleum emissions, medical equipment and food service.

Since 1922, Watlow has grown in product capability, market experience and global reach. The company holds more than 1,100 patents and employs more than 4,200 team members working in 12 manufacturing facilities and five advanced technology and development centers in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Watlow covers 95 countries through sales and distribution offices worldwide. The company continues to grow, while the commitment remains the same – to provide its customers with superior products and services for their individual needs.

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