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World’s first commercial-scale waste-to-hydrogen plant in Sharjah – News

Published: Monday, December 4, 2023, 9:28 p.m.

Last update: Monday, December 4, 2023, 10:33 p.m.

Sharjah-based Beeah has signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to develop the world’s first commercial-scale waste-to-hydrogen plant in the United Arab Emirates.

Building on several progress made at its waste-to-hydrogen demonstration plant, Beeah, Chinook Hydrogen and Air Water Gas Solutions, and a subsidiary of Air Water Inc., have signed a joint agreement (JDA).

The agreement was signed at the UAE Pavilion, COP28, by Khaled Al Huraimel, CEO of Beeah Group, Dr. Rifat Chalabi, CEO and Co-Founder of Chinook Hydrogen, and Ishmael Chalabi, President and CEO of Air Water Gas Solutions.

The agreement will build on the success of the waste-to-hydrogen demonstration plant, which has made significant progress in demonstrating an attractive, carbon-negative solution for producing green hydrogen from waste. The demonstration plant transforms various organic-based waste, including municipal solid waste (MSW), non-recyclable plastics and wood waste, into supergreen hydrogen that is connected to a Toyota fuel cell unit that generates energy from of hydrogen produced, similar to the fuel cell installed in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai.

“We believe that achieving zero landfill waste goes hand-in-hand with achieving zero net emissions. With the launch of this waste-to-hydrogen demonstration plant, we have achieved a solution to address the challenge of waste and carbon emissions. It can also be scaled up and replicated in countries around the world, and together we will now start with a commercial-scale plant in Sharjah,” said Khaled Al Huraimel, CEO of Beeah Group. “I would like to congratulate Chinook Hydrogen and Air Water Gas Solutions for working with us to achieve this milestone, which not only supports our goal of creating a large commercial waste-to-hydrogen plant in the UAE, but also demonstrates a economic and environmental attractiveness. hydrogen production solution that can be easily adopted around the world.”

The demonstration plant benefits from Chinook Hydrogen’s RODECS pyrolysis technology, developed and optimized over 23 years with 18 gasification units installed worldwide. The technology is heavily patented and uses “active hydropyrolysis” to process a wide range of post-consumer organic waste in batches, including MSW, non-recyclable plastics, sewage sludge, biomass and waste wood feedstocks to produce syngas. Chinook Hydrogen’s RODECS system is the only one in the world that processes low-energy waste to produce syngas with hydrogen concentrations of around 50% vol. In this system, hydrogen-rich syngas is further processed using advanced hydrogen refining technology developed by Air Water to produce high-purity, fuel cell-grade hydrogen for use in transportation, industrial and fine chemicals applications. The plant can also capture and store carbon dioxide from syngas, making the process carbon negative.

Aligning with the UAE’s Net-Zero Roadmap 2050, Beeah has made significant progress in increasing waste diversion rates from landfills and contributing to net zero emissions. Its integrated waste management complex comprises 12 facilities, which process almost all types of household, commercial and industrial waste, to produce recyclable materials, alternative fuels and alternative raw materials, allowing for constantly increasing waste diversion rates from landfills and contributions to the circular economy.

In May 2022, Beeah inaugurated the Sharjah waste-to-energy plant, the first project of Beeah’s joint venture with global renewable energy leader Masdar, which further boosted waste diversion from landfills to a new record. regional 90% and displaced 450,000 tons of CO2. one year. The addition of the waste-to-hydrogen plant would be another important milestone for Beeah in its quest to fully divert waste from landfills in Sharjah.

In addition to decarbonizing the transportation industry and reducing emissions in the waste management sector, the planned waste-to-hydrogen plant in Sharjah is also strategically aligned with the UAE National Hydrogen Strategy 2050 , which sets the goal of producing 1.4 million tons. of hydrogen per year by 2031 and aims to establish the nation as one of the world’s leading hydrogen hubs.

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