King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and CarbonMeta Technologies Inc. have signed an MoU to process plastic waste into hydrogen gas high-value solid carbon materials using microwave catalysis.
Both parties will work together to advance the microwave catalysis processes developed by the University of Oxford and develop hydrogen and carbon extraction processes needed for industrial applications.
KACST and CarbonMeta will be working together to accelerate the commercialisation of the waste plastic catalysis processes and the material separation processes for manufacturing hydrogen, graphite and carbon nanotube products.
Dr Hassan Alayied, DG of International Cooperation and Partnerships, said, “This collaboration will help advance a solution for eliminating plastic waste; instead of polluting our land and oceans, waste plastics could produce clean hydrogen fuel and value-added carbon products.”
Lloyd Spencer, CEO of CarbonMeta, added, “We look forward to working closely with KACST in Saudi Arabia and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom to manufacture and market hydrogen, graphite and carbon nanotube products.”
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), formerly known as the Saudi Arabian National Centre for Science and Technology (SANCST), was established in 1977. It is an autonomous government organisation that leads R&D, provides Technological support by collaborating with public and private entities, and support innovation and foster scientific research to promote industrial development in the Kingdom.
CarbonMeta Technologies is HQ in Woodinville, Washington is working on processing organic wastes and generating economically sustainable hydrogen and high-value carbon products.