Cerro de Pasco Resources Inc. is delighted to announce that its subsidiary H2-SPHERE GmbH, will proceed with patent applications and on to the next phase of development of techniques for converting mining waste into green hydrogen and other by-products.
The decision is based on the positive results of the Investigation Report (Phase 1a) jointly developed with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and released on October 27, 2022, confirming process, conversion rates and unit costs based on scientific theory and empirical evidence. The next phase (1b) will include laboratory testing and design of core components for industrial scale production.
Bernhard Dold, CEO of H2-SPHERE and CTO of CDPR: “The Investigation Report demonstrates that the proposed techniques are highly competitive in terms of production costs and energy efficiency in relation to standard production processes of green hydrogen, liberating a potential for an alternative technique for green hydrogen production in the near future. Core innovation by H2-SPHERE and DLR include two complimentary techniques for permanently removing highly-pollutive elements in CDPR’s mineral waste resource that are the primary cause of acid mine drainage (AMD) and converting these into green hydrogen and other commercial by-products.”
Guy Goulet, CEO of CDPR: “The initial conclusions of this study enable us to greatly expand our vision for the Quiulacocha Tailings project, in terms of scale, end product, and economics. We can now not only aspire but also actively plan to become a net-negative-CO2 mineral producer.”
DLR is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research center for aeronautics and space comprising 10,000 employees and 55 research institutes and facilities exploring earth and space to develop solutions towards a sustainable future.
Research with H2-SPHERE is executed by the Institute of Future Fuels, recently formed by DLR to prioritize the development of chemical energy storage systems (fuels, i.e. green hydrogen). Ongoing research priorities are highly compatible with the CDPR mineral waste resource. Due to the positive results of phase 1a, further collaboration between H2-SPHERE and DLR is envisioned.
Up to half of material contained in the Quiulacocha Tailings and Excelsior Stockpile, together amounting to approximately 180 million tonnes, can potentially be reprocessed using the techniques now under development under the DLR – H2-SPHERE agreement. Beyond these surface resources, the Cerro de Pasco mining cluster offers various further opportunities. These resources alone provide the opportunity to build a world-class and sustainable clean energy enterprise.