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The SGH2 Lancaster plant will process 42,000 tons of recycled waste annually | Photo source SGH2 Energy

Green hydrogen project vaporises rubbish into energy

Agriculture & Energy

The plant aims to transform thousands of kilograms of landfill garbage into hydrogen every day on a scale that no similar plant has done before

Spotted: Californian global energy company SGH2 is launching the world’s biggest green hydrogen production unit. The plant will feature SGH2’s latest technology, which uses recycled mixed paper waste, to generate super green hydrogen.

The technology was developed by NASA scientist Dr. Salvador Camacho and biophysicist and physician Dr. Robert T. Do. SGH2, and works by gasifying any kind of waste — from plastic and paper to tires and textiles — to make hydrogen. Technical and financial screening has also been carried out by leading global institutions — including the US Export-Import Bank, Barclays and Deutsche Bank, and Shell New Energies’ gasification experts.

Robert Do, SGH2 Energy president and CEO, said: “What is even more exciting is that we can also help fix our broken recycling industry by using massive amounts of recycled materials, which no longer have a market because China has banned their import, to produce a zero-carbon fuel — and thereby creating a sustainable circular economy.”

The SGH2 Lancaster plant will process 42,000 tons of recycled waste annually, producing up to 11,000 kilograms of green hydrogen per day and 3.8 million kilograms per year. That’s almost threefold the production of any other green hydrogen facility anywhere in the world. The hydrogen produced by the plant will be used to refuel hydrogen stations throughout Southern California, powering light-duty fuel cell cars and heavy-duty fuel cell buses.

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