The North American global tier one industrial gas player, Air Products has acquired advanced adsorption technology assets for its Generated Gases product lines from Xebec Adsorption, Inc.
According to the recent acquisition, Air Products purchased the technology, intellectual property and know-how related to structured adsorbents, beaded adsorbents, and rotary valves from Xebec. Xebec, a publicly traded Canadian company, specialises in adsorption technology.
Victoria Boyd, General Manager of Global Generated Gases at Air Products commented, “This acquisition will strengthen and differentiate our current offering portfolio and gives us immediate access to this innovative technology.”
She added, “Adsorption process technology is a core competency of Air Products and a key component of our gas generation plants that produce significant revenues. The acquisition moves Air Products’ adsorption technology platform to a unique proprietary position compared to our competitors.”
As part of this technology acquisition, Air Products will acquire more than 100 patents with significant focus on areas directly related to Air Products’ existing business interests. Air Products has also acquired Xebec’s technology center and testing facilities in Burnaby and Surrey, both located in British Columbia. Terms of the deal also include a grant-back license to allow Xebec to continue to sell its systems, predominantly in the biogas, natural gas and associated gas purification markets.
Monty Alger, Chief Technology Officer at Air Products emphasised that, “The technology will allow for smaller footprint plants and higher process efficiencies for customers, along with other sustainability benefits.”
“Air Products has achieved very high adsorption unit performance by applying advanced process cycles to systems hydrogen using traditional adsorbent materials. Examples would be our world class business and leading VSA oxygen technology. This technology acquisition also provides an offering foundation to enter new gas clean-up and purification markets,” said Alger.
Advanced gas separation technology uses solid phase adsorbents to purify gases. Adsorption systems are part of the front-end pre-purification technology for air separation units (ASU) for water and carbon dioxide removal, hydrogen-carbon monoxide syngas purification, vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) oxygen and pressure swing adsorption (PSA) nitrogen generation.