H2Tech/Gulf Energy’s coverage of our press release re: Letter of Intent signed with Valecom in Martinique.
Martinique to Establish Waste-to-Hydrogen Blueprint for the Caribbean
Smart Cities World | September 28, 2021
As part of the project, the island will use one of its largest waste streams – the plastic bags used to protect its main export of bananas – as an ideal feedstock for the process.
The island of Martinique plans to launch a waste-to-hydrogen programme to power buildings and municipal buses.
The island will work with Ways2H, a global supplier of renewable hydrogen systems, and Valecom, a Caribbean ecological and energy solutions provider, which have signed a letter of intent to transform up to 9,000 tons of Martinican waste into renewable hydrogen every year.
Challenges of island nations
This first project between the two companies will focus on hydrogen production for power generation on the island, with possible applications for clean mobility solutions including municipal buses in the future. Martinique is emblematic of the challenges facing many island nations today, which are increasingly a model for circular economies under pressure to utilise not only their resources, but their waste.
One of Martinique’s largest waste streams is the plastic bags used to protect the island’s main export: bananas. It uses 3,000 tons of these plastic films every year, which cannot be reused, making it an ideal feedstock for Ways2H’s waste-to-hydrogen process.
“At Cop21, we laid out a plan for several projects that would help Caribbean islands, like Martinique, to be more resilient and we consider this project with Ways2H as the next step in that vision”, said Dominique Regis, CEO of Valecom.
He added: “This modular and multi-flow project in Martinique will set up one or more of Ways2H’s waste-to-energy units and we intend to replicate it in other Caribbean Islands.”
Under the partnership, Ways2H will initially process 24 tons of mixed commercial waste, including plastics and furniture, per day, with an additional eight tons per day once the infrastructure is fully operational after an 18-month construction period.
“What we’re seeing in Martinique is not unique to what we’re seeing across the world: local, often rural, economies that are struggling to manage increasingly diverse waste streams”
With waste-to-hydrogen sites underway in Japan, France, Scotland, and the US, Ways2H has positioned itself as a pioneer in the renewable hydrogen sector. Its modular reactors sit on-site, recycling all types of waste – from agricultural, to plastics, sewage sludge, MSW and other refuse – in a carbon-neutral process that converts the waste into a gas and extracts pure hydrogen.
The top applications of Ways2H’s process are currently fuel for fuel-cell vehicles and power generators. “What we’re seeing in Martinique is not unique to what we’re seeing across the world: local, often rural, economies that are struggling to manage increasingly diverse waste streams, heightened energy costs and job losses,” said Ways2H CEO Jean-Louis Kindler.
“As we approach Cop26, we see our work here, and in our projects around the world, as a critical blueprint for circular economy creation.”