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Gasworld Features Western Hydrogen


The hydrogen produced by the industrial gases sector has long been used in various applications. Everything from industrial products to food packaging, with fertiliser and space travel in-between, benefits from the advantages of the energy carrier hydrogen (H2).But with the movement to establish a hydrogen economy in top gear, hydrogen production now has a multi-faceted end use – traditional in terms of H2 for industry, and advanced which is the use of the product for energy.This month's In Focus... will lo...

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Mykola Makowsky Honoured As One Of Oilweek Magazine's Rising Stars


When life deals a tragic blow, a person has a choice: buckle under the pressure or soldier on and become the best person you can be. The latter is what 13-year-old Mykola Makowsky did after his mother died of lymphatic cancer. He became an outstanding high school student. At university, he earned honours degrees in both economics and chemical engineering. He made a world-class athlete of himself, and just missed a spot on Canada’s speed skating team that competed at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. An...

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One Step Closer To Hydrogen Dream


Western Hydrogen unveils pilot project plant with recent open house, creating clean energy through various feedstocksGreat Scott! Western Hydrogen has opened its doors bringing energy into the future.The industrial corporation, which holds local land for a hydrogen project, held an open house last week to show off their new pilot plant, as well as technology that could be the future of the energy industry, according to Neil Carmata, president of Western Hydrogen."What the technology does, it's like the Back...

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Former Oilsands Executive Looks To Clean Up Bitumen Upgrading With Two Pilot Projects


By Joseph Caouette - Daily Oil BulletinA pair of pilot plants in central Alberta -- one now operating and another planned -- offer the potential for cleaner, cheaper bitumen upgrading, say the proponents.Western Hydrogen Ltd. recently held a grand opening for its molten salt gasification pilot plant in Fort Saskatchewan. The project produced first hydrogen back in September, but the event was the first opportunity for many in the industry to see the technology up close.Using a process first developed by the...

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Oilsands Pilot Plant A Game Changer


Sturgeon Creek Post - Wednesday, December 18, 2013The success of Western Hydrogen’s first pilot project is just the start of a revolution in oilsands upgrading, according to President Neil Camarta.The small plant just east of Dow Chemical uses a radical new process to break down hydrocarbons, and could upgrade bitumen at less cost and with 90 per cent less greenhouse gas output, Camarta said at a special open house Thursday, Dec. 12.Camarta, a former senior Shell manager who oversaw the construction of the ...

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Western Hydrogen Brings Innovative Technology To Fort Saskatchewan


By Jonathan Milke, fortsaskonline.comOn Thursday, the doors were thrown wide on a new industrial project in the Fort Saskatchewan area that could have huge effects around the world.The Western Hydrogen Pilot Plant welcomed guests to come in a celebrate their successful efforts in pulling hydrogen out of waste stocks in a cleaner and more efficient way than has ever been done before.Located near the Shell Scotford refinery, the facility uses an innovative new technique that involves injecting a carbon-based ...

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Industrial Heartland Plant Home To Innovative Hydrogen-producing Technology


By Dave Cooper, Edmonton JournalFORT SASKATCHEWAN - An innovative pilot plant near Fort Saskatchewan is producing hydrogen — the key to powering fuel cells and upgrading bitumen — with frontier technology brought from a U.S. government laboratory in Idaho. “I look at this as the holy grail, something everybody has been seeking, a way to produce hydrogen from any carbon. And we are doing it,” said Neil Camarta, chief executive of Western Hydrogen, the private firm he owns with partner Guy Turcotte. The two h...

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Molten Solution


Neil Camarta just can't seem to stay retired. After 35 years in the oil industry, including stints at Shell and Suncor, the chemical engineer from Edson, Alta. is now in what he calls the ‘crackpot business,' taking risks on maverick new technologies. His current project is Western Hydrogen, a company that recently launched the world's first pilot-scale molten salt reactor for turning carbonaceous feedstocks — including petroleum coke, asphalt, natural gas and even biomass — into high-pressure hydrogen, rea...

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