Raven SR Inc. (a renewable fuels company) has collaborated with Republic Services Inc. to convert organic waste to produce green hydrogen at a site in Richmond, California, US.
The partners will co-develop the facility, with Hyzon Motors investing up to 75% in the equity and offtake from the waste-to-hydrogen hub through its vehicle customers. The facility will start operating in summer 2022.
Raven will use its unique patented Steam/CO2 Reformation process, which is a non-combustion, waste-to-hydrogen process. It will initially process up to 99.9 tonnes/day of organic waste at Republic Services’ West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill and produce up to 2,000 tonnes/year of renewable hydrogen and power for its operations to reduce the burden on the grid.
The partnership will help California in its goal to reduce emissions from organic waste under the state’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Reduction Strategy while also producing emission-free hydrogen fuel for passenger and heavy-duty vehicles.
Republic Services is involved with 75 renewable energy projects across the country. This project directly supports the company’s long-term sustainability goal of increasing key materials’ recovery and circularity by 40% by 2030.
The agreement with Republic Services comes after Raven SR recently selected Power Engineers to complete final engineering and design and Stellar J to fabricate its first commercial renewable fuel production facilities for the Republic site and another Northern California landfill announced soon.
The Raven first commercial systems will divert a blend of green waste and food waste from the landfill, reducing methane emissions and having a negative carbon intensity generating a California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit for fuelling stations.
Hyzon and Raven previously agreed to co-develop around 250 low-to-negative carbon intensity hydrogen hubs, with this hub representing the first in their collaboration. In connection with this partnership, Hyzon has acquired a minority interest in Raven.
Matt Murdock, CEO of Raven SR, said, “As we bring this system online under very strict environmental regulatory controls, we will demonstrate we can convert waste anywhere.”
Pete Keller, Republic Services VP of recycling and sustainability, said, “This project not only creates additional clean energy resources in the region, but also allows us to help customers meet their sustainability goals.”
Craig Knight, Hyzon CEO, said, “Raven’s technology will not only provide zero-emissions fuel for our vehicles but also eliminates an additional source of carbon emissions – landfill waste.”