Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer
Integrated Hydrogen Supply for Steel Decarbonization
Decarbonization of the steel industry will necessitate large-scale supply of green hydrogen at an economical cost. Linde is the world’s leading supplier of hydrogen and has for many decades been providing hydrogen and related services across different industry sectors, including steelmakers. Today, Linde is developing the world’s largest PEM electrolyzer (24 MW) and preparing to scale this up by orders of magnitude to meet these green hydrogen requirements for steel. Reliability and uptime of these systems will be critical and assured with best-in-class operation. The system will also integrate the supply of oxygen from the electrolyzer that will be used with Linde’s oxygen-hydrogen technologies – readily applicable throughout the process chain – to optimize the overall fuel balance in the plant. Certain steel mills may find it feasible to capture and sequester or use their CO2 emissions. State-of-the-art solvent and absorbent based systems have been developed to separate CO2, H2, etc., from steel mill gases with optimized CAPEX and OPEX. These gases can be compressed, sequestered, or used in other processes to make chemicals.
Todd Skare serves as chief technology and sustainability officer for Linde. In his technology role, Skare is responsible for setting strategic direction for the company’s research and development activities for near-term growth and long-term positioning, including the rapid commercialization of new technologies to Linde’s customers world-wide. For sustainability, Skare leads the company’s integration of sustainable development into the overall corporate strategy as well as the development of company-wide metrics and targets, including the recent 10-year climate change and sustainable development targets.
Skare joined Praxair in 1992 as a process engineer. Throughout his tenure with the company, he has served in various sales, engineering and global business leadership positions including manager of proposals and process engineering, manager of pipeline sales for North American Industrial Gases, director of engineering for China and vice president, South region, for Praxair Distribution, Inc. Skare was appointed president of Praxair Europe in 2010 where he was responsible for the growth and profitability of Praxair’s gas business in Europe and new investments in Russia. Most recently he served as chief technology officer.
Skare holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University at Buffalo and an MBA from Rutgers University.He also holds seven US patents for industrial gas production.
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