TORONTO – CHAR Technologies Ltd. (TSXV: YES) announced a test project with Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) to develop a high-temperature pyrolysis to green hydrogen system at their existing San Luis Obispo anaerobic digestion facility in California. Under the definitive agreement with HZI’s SLO operating company, CHAR’s high-temperature pyrolysis system will process 18,000 tonnes per year of solid anaerobic digestate into 1,320 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, and 2,800 tonnes per year of biocarbon.
“We’re excited to work with HZI, a global anaerobic digestion system developer who just celebrated their 100th Kompogas plant, to further add value to the waste streams they process,” said Andrew White, CEO of CHAR. “The HZI SLO facility currently produces green electricity from green bin wastes, and adding our system allows for the additional production of green hydrogen into the California market.”
Heath Jones, HZI’s Managing Director for North America stated, “Hitachi Zosen Inova is committed to innovating and developing projects that harness the methane released from waste and support a carbon free economy. We are always looking for progressive ways to expand our net negative carbon footprint and draw even more value from the waste processed at our renewable gas facilities. Adding CHAR’s innovative technology to create green hydrogen and biochar at HZI’s Anerobic Digestion plant in San Luis Obispo continues to showcase both HZI and CHAR’s commitment to building a carbon free economy.”
CHAR is a cleantech development and services company, specializing in high-temperature pyrolysis, converting woody materials and organic waste into renewable gases (renewable natural gas and green hydrogen) and biocarbon (activated charcoal “SulfaCHAR” and solid biofuel “CleanFyre”). Additional services include custom equipment for industrial water treatment, and providing services in environmental compliance, environmental management, site investigation and remediation, engineering and resource efficiency.
Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) is a global cleantech company operating in energy from waste (EfW) and renewable gas. Their roots are in Switzerland, where they were established in 1933 as “L. von Roll Aktiengesellschaft”, later known as Von Roll Inova. Since 2010 they have been part of the Hitachi Zosen Corporation, one of Japan’s largest industrial and engineering firms and a longstanding partner and licensee of Von Roll Inova.