Hydrogen hubs to be built at landfills

Hyzon Motors Inc. and Raven SR LLC are planning to build up to 100 hydrogen production hubs across the United States and globally.

Hyzon is a supplier of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles. Raven SR is a renewable fuels company. In connection with this partnership, Hyzon has agreed to acquire a minority interest in Raven.

Each hub is expected to convert organic waste in nearly every form into locally-produced, renewable hydrogen for Hyzon’s zero-emission commercial vehicles.

Raven SR owns a portfolio of patents for its conversion process, which enables it to be one of the only combustion-free, waste-to-hydrogen processes in the world. Raven SR’s Steam/CO2 reformation process involves no combustion, as confirmed by the State of California EPA.

This avoids the creation of toxic pollutants and particulates while still producing more hydrogen per ton of waste than competing processes, and is expected to generate a carbon emissions profile that is superior to comparable waste-to-hydrogen technologies.

The hubs are planned to be built at landfills and are expected to power garbage trucks as well as other classes of heavy-duty trucks. The first hubs are planned to be built in California before expanding into the rest of the US and globally.

Solving the waste problem

“Our planet produces over 5.5 million tons of municipal solid waste and 16.5 million tons of agricultural waste every single day,” said Matt Murdock, CEO of Raven SR.

“Theoretically, if we were to convert all of this waste, we could produce over two million tons of renewable hydrogen per day – enough to satisfy over 25 percent of total global oil demand. ”

Each hub will contain Raven’s patented Steam/CO2 reformation process, a non-combustion, low atmospheric and catalyst-free process that converts all types of solid waste into renewable syngas and then into green hydrogen. Its cost is similar to hydrogen produced using hydrocarbons, so-called “gray” hydrogen.

In California, the hydrogen produced through Raven’s process is expected to benefit from the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), allowing Hyzon to sell hydrogen to third parties at extremely competitive prices.

The initial hubs are expected to process 50 tons of solid waste daily, per hub, and are expected to yield up to 4.5 tons of renewable green hydrogen each, enough hydrogen from each hub to power 100 heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Future hubs may be able to scale to five times larger to accommodate sites with higher hydrogen requirements.

Power for 10,000 heavy-duty trucks

“Hyzon aims to be one of the first companies to supply our customers with a hydrogen fuel cell truck, including our own garbage trucks, at total cost of ownership (TCO) parity with diesel-powered commercial vehicles,” said Craig Knight, CEO and Co-Founder of Hyzon Motors.

“With our fuel cell technology, we are working closely with partners to scale up hydrogen production in the US and globally. In Raven, we see a technology that is highly efficient in waste conversion, scalable and mobile, enjoying a low cost of hydrogen and most importantly, capable of producing the quantity of green hydrogen that our vehicles will need. One hundred hydrogen hubs could convert over 5,000 tons of waste per day and power over 10,000 trucks.”

The first hub is planned to be built in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is expected to be commissioned in 2022.

Hyzon is headquartered in Rochester, NY and has operations in Europe, Singapore, Australia and China. Hyzon focuses on hydrogen in the commercial vehicle market. It aims to produce zero-emission commercial vehicles for customers in North America, Europe, and across the world.