Raven SR Inc. is deepening its relationship with the New Energy Coalition and other European parties within an ongoing knowledge-sharing dialogue on renewable hydrogen technologies and market developments.
Raven SR recently hosted members of the Netherlands-based New Energy Coalition and provincial officials from the Northern Netherlands at the company’s Richmond Field Station to tour its hydrogen pilot reformer at University of California-Berkeley.
The Dutch delegation, which visited Raven SR’s engineering plant and Benicia fabrication facility in California, learned more about the company’s non-combustion waste-to-hydrogen technology and its European expansion plans.
“The international exchange of ideas lays the groundwork for bringing renewable hydrogen projects online in Europe and other markets around the world, including the U.S.,” said Raven SR CEO Matt Murdock. “We are actively engaged in discussions around developing Europe’s hydrogen valleys to include waste-to-hydrogen production facilities.”
Raven SR is actively pursuing projects in Europe’s hydrogen valleys, some of which are public-private sector projects for building integrated hydrogen hubs. The company last year opened its wholly owned Raven SR Iberia subsidiary in Zaragoza, Spain, and announced a waste-to-hydrogen project in Aragón, Spain.
The New Energy Coalition leads Hy2Market, a multi-regional initiative aimed at boosting hydrogen production on an accelerated timeframe. Hy2Market last year won a €10 million grant from the European Commission, which included €2.4 million toward Raven SR’s Aragón project. The company plans to bring that project online in 2024. The Aragón facility will produce 1,600 metric tons per year of renewable hydrogen from approximately 75 tons of organic solid waste per day.
The Northern Netherlands is home to the HEAVENN project, which brings together hydrogen production, storage, refuelling and end-uses, including in industry, transportation and heating. The HEAVENN project – integrated among private-sector companies and governments – is the first hydrogen valley in Europe. HEAVENN received the Hydrogen Valley of the Year Award at the EU Hydrogen Week in Brussels last October. The €90+ million project has received €20 million in funding from the EU’s Clean Hydrogen Partnership and a €10 million contribution from the Netherlands provinces of Drenthe and Groningen. The EU recently outlined its Green Deal Industrial Plan with the intention of providing faster access to government funding for net-zero industrial projects.
“The Raven SR technology offers a new route to produce green hydrogen,” said Patrick Cnubben, director of strategy-hydrogen, New Energy Coaltion. “This technology is very promising in opening up a new range of resources from waste streams to generate renewable hydrogen. The upward potential is huge.
The Clean Hydrogen Partnership and the S3 European Hydrogen Valleys Platform are jointly organizing a late February workshop on how to expedite implementation of hydrogen valleys. The outcomes of the workshop will help the European Commission and the Clean Hydrogen Partnership in deciding how best to use the €200 million Horizon Europe funding allocated to the goal of doubling the number of hydrogen valleys by 2025. New Energy Coalition and Raven SR will participate in the workshop.
The European Green Deal aims for at least a 55% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030 and a climate-neutral economy by 2050. The hydrogen valleys can accelerate the contribution of clean hydrogen in reaching these targets.
The Raven SR technology is a non-combustion thermal, chemical reductive process that converts organic waste and landfill gas to hydrogen and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels. Unlike other hydrogen production technologies, its Steam/CO2 Reformation does not require fresh water as a feedstock. The process is more efficient than conventional hydrogen production and can deliver fuel with low to negative carbon intensity. Additionally, Raven SR’s goal is to generate as much of its own power onsite as possible to reduce reliance on the power grid and be independent of the grid. Its modular design provides a scalable means to locally produce renewable hydrogen and synthetic liquid fuels from local waste.