Mike Millikin, Founder and Editor of Green Car Congress features our collaboration with Ford, Bacon & Davis
Waste-to-hydrogen facility anticipated in California
By Green Car Congress | June 30, 2020
Ways2H Inc., a global producer of renewable hydrogen from the world’s worst waste streams, and Ford, Bacon & Davis, a leader in energy facility engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), are collaborating to design and to build waste-to-hydrogen facilities in California and other locations in the United States, to produce renewable hydrogen fuel for customers in the mobility and power generation sectors, and to offer alternative disposal options for waste processing and waste disposal companies.
The two companies plan to build the first US modular thermochemical waste-to-hydrogen production facility in California in the fourth quarter of 2020, with a pipeline of additional projects to follow in 2021.
The facilities will utilize the patented process developed through Ways2H’s ongoing joint venture with long-time technical partner, Japan Blue Energy (JBEC). JBEC has developed a biomass gasification process that uses alumina balls as a heat carrier.
In the pyrolysis zone, biomass materials such as woodchips and sewage sludge contact many alumina balls heated to high temperatures to generate the pyrolyzed biogas contains hydrogen, CO, CO2, and methane. In the reforming zone, the biogas contacts the higher temperature alumina balls and steam where biohydrogen is produced via the steam reforming reaction.
These circulating alumina balls not only transfer heat to each part but also inhibit and remove tar generation that is the major factor in equipment problems, such as blockages in conventional plants.
The Ways2H approach converts the world’s worst waste, including medical waste, municipal solid waste, plastics, agricultural residue and/or wastewater sludge into renewable hydrogen, with a net zero-carbon footprint.
The California project will be Ways2H’s second transportable, modular waste-to-hydrogen unit, after the company completes work on its first commercial modular waste-to-hydrogen project currently underway in Japan with JBEC, for the next Tokyo Olympics.
The first California waste-to-hydrogen production unit will be transportable, sized to fit in three 20-foot containers, process 1 ton of waste per day and produce 40 to 50 kilograms of hydrogen per day.