BEEAH-led consortium to produce fuel cell grade H2 from waste wood & plastic

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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BEEAH Group, the Middle East’s sustainability pioneer, Chinook Sciences, UK’s innovator in waste-to-fuel technologies, and Air Water, a Japanese conglomerate with businesses relating to natural resources and industrial gas production, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to produce fuel cell grade hydrogen from waste wood and plastic.

The MoU is the first step in forming a consortium that will advance progress on the Middle East’s first waste-to-hydrogen plant, located in Sharjah, and explore further opportunities across the region.

Combining BEEAH’s expertise in waste management and material recovery, Chinook Sciences patented RODECS pyrolysis and gasification process, and Air Water’s Hydrogen Refinement technology, the Waste to Hydrogen plant in Sharjah will transform waste wood and plastic into fuel-cell grade green hydrogen.

The plans for the Waste-to-Hydrogen plant include an on-site green hydrogen dispensing station capable of fuelling several vehicles. To realize this innovative type of fuelling station, the plant will need to produce fuel cell-grade hydrogen, which will be made possible with Air Water’s Hydrogen Refinement technology.

Syngas produced from the RODECS pyrolysis and gasification process from Chinook Sciences will be fed into the hydrogen refinement system, resulting in fuel cell-grade green hydrogen. Specifically, the grade hydrogen will be produced for PEM fuel cells at ISO14687 or SAEJ2719 standards.

Khaled Al Huraimel
Khaled Al Huraimel
Group CEO

“For BEEAH, the waste-to-hydrogen plant is an innovation that will enable us to eliminate the challenge of certain types of waste wood and plastic, while also producing fuel cell grade hydrogen, which is a solution for emissions-free mobility of the future. The project aligns with the UAE’s Hydrogen Leadership roadmap and demonstrates a feasible, scalable and sustainable approach to green hydrogen production. By partnering with Air Water on this project, we are bringing cutting-edge hydrogen refinement technology from Japan. Together, we will break new ground in green, fuel cell grade hydrogen production for the region as well as globally.”

Dr. Rifat Chalabi, Chairman and Co-Founder of Chinook Sciences, said that “Air Water provides contaminant reduction solutions at a high level of quality and, through previous collaboration, is also closely aware of the processes involved in RODECS pyrolysis and gasification process. Air Water’s Hydrogen Refinement can be applied to various types of syngas that we will produce from different types of feedstocks, enabling us to effectively produce high-quality fuel cell hydrogen from both unrecyclable wood and plastic waste. Leveraging Air Water’s technologies, I look forward to demonstrating a new model for green hydrogen production alongside BEEAH Group.”

Mr. Matsubayashi, Executive Vice President and COO of Air Water, stated that “We are pleased to announce that Air Water and Chinook Sciences jointly provide an innovative hydrogen production process. By combining the Chinook Sciences technology for syngas from waste and Air Water’s hydrogen production and refining technologies that have been developed over the years, we can help create a decarbonized society with BEEAH in the UAE. We look forward to the continued collaboration of our three companies and making a positive environmental impact on a global scale.”

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