CARBONLOOP and HAFFNER ENERGY have signed two purchase orders for the supply, installation and commissioning by HAFFNER ENERGY of the first two HYNOCA® stations for the first two CARBONLOOP sites.
These two orders are part of the Commercial Contract signed in October 2021. Each site will allow CARBONLOOP to produce 225 tons of hydrogen and 1,100 tons of biochar from 7,000 tons of biomass residues per year, and to sequester approximately 2,400 t CO2 e, certified by carbon credits.
CARBONLOOP will market the hydrogen to HYLIKO (Kouros Group), which will distribute it through its network of service stations for trucks. Thanks to its water retention and fertilizer properties, the biochar produced will be marketed by CARBONLOOP to the agricultural sector in order to help restore soils in the context of increasing water stress and inflation of nitrogen fertilizers.
The first CARBONLOOP site will be located in Villabé (Essonne), near the HYLIKO distribution station, ideally situated along the A6 motorway, south of Paris. The hydrogen produced from biomass residues will supply the first trucks in the Paris region. The second site will be unveiled by CARBONLOOP in 2023.
These orders are a confirmation for HAFFNER ENERGY of the relevance of its HYNOCA® technology to produce hydrogen and biochar from biomass residues. The result of nearly a decade of research and development, the HYNOCA® technology produces hydrogen from biomass residues in three stages: a thermolysis unit during which the heated biomass is broken down into a solid residue (biochar) and a gas that is then refined in a high-temperature cracking unit and finally purified in a third unit to retain only the hydrogen. Because it produces biochar recognized as a sustainable carbon sink by the IPCC, the HYNOCA® process produces renewable hydrogen and removes CO2 from the atmosphere in a sustainable way.
“We chose HAFFNER ENERGY’s HYNOCA® technology because not only does it produce renewable hydrogen from biomass residues, thus offering an interesting alternative to hydrogen production by electrolysis of water, but also because it allows the co-production of biochar, plant-based charcoal with agronomic benefits that respond to water stress issues and removes CO2 from the atmosphere. The fact that HAFFNER ENERGY is a French company has also reinforced our approach of favoring French and European channels for our solution,” says Claire Chastrusse.
“We are delighted to implement these for our customer and long-term partner CARBONLOOP these two renewable hydrogen production contracts, which will enable the production of competitive carbon-negative hydrogen. This dual characteristic is a strong differentiator for customers who will choose HYNOCA® technology, “concludes Philippe Haffner.