The objective is to produce 300,000 tons of clean H2 per year while reducing waste in the country.
Clean energy company H2-Industries has developed technology that will use waste for its green hydrogen production process.
This new technology recently received the approval it needed for H2-Industries to build a factory in Egypt.
The General Authority of the Suez Canal Economic Zone has given H2-Industries the approval it needs for the construction of a 1 GW green hydrogen production center. The facility will be located east of Port Said. There, the company will use waste such as plastic, in addition to sewage and agricultural waste to produce clean H2. According to the company, this method is more cost effective than making renewable or gray H2.
The plant will receive 4 million tonnes of organic waste and non-recyclable plastic waste per year. It secured the receipt of this waste from the Mediterranean entrance to the Suez Canal. With it, the hub will produce 300,000 tonnes of H2 per year. The company estimates that the cost will be about half the current price of renewable H2.
The green hydrogen production process will be followed by conversion into a carrier fluid.
The carrier fluid is called LOHC. It is used for transportation for further use locally, regionally and internationally.
According to H2-Industries, the method used to produce H2 includes capturing greenhouse gas emissions. Technically, this does not make it a form of green hydrogen, which is a term used to produce H2 with renewable energy, so no greenhouse gas emissions are generated. As greenhouse gas emissions are produced in this process, only carbon is captured, this would make the resulting product closer to blue H2.
The captured carbon will be marketed to expand H2-Industries’ revenue streams while making the fuel it produces cleaner. According to the company, the Egyptian facility will support the creation and maintenance of a circular economy model while improving the diversification of Egypt’s energy mix for better decarbonization, stability, security and climate change mitigation.
“This is an exciting opportunity to turn the tons of waste collected in Egypt into green hydrogen. The Waste-to-Hydrogen plant is a breakthrough in making green hydrogen economically viable, helping not only to reduce global CO2 emissions, but also to reduce pollution and degradation of water resources in the country,” said said Michael Stusch, Executive Chairman of H2-Industries in a statement on its green hydrogen production process.