Net Zero Hydrogen is advancing the gasification technology required to turn waste products, from across the spectrum, into carbon neutral energy fuel sources. With over a decade of experience, we’ve developed a proprietary gasification system able to convert a variety of sustainable waste streams into valuable “Green Molecule” fuel sources.
The urgent, global climate crisis demands profound change in efforts to deal with fossil fuel dependency, increasing pollution and runaway greenhouse gases. With 91% of the 150 million tons per year of single use plastic products ending up in landfills or directly into the environment, and the use of wood waste becoming increasingly undesirable in its current forms, the need for clean energy production as well as decreasing damaging pollutants will be more important than ever. Net Zero Hydrogen aims to use this abundance of waste as a sustainable, resource, for supplying carbon negative fuel for the heavy trucking, shipping and aviation industries.
Net Zero Hydrogen’s experienced in-house engineers and OEMs have developed a proven and dependable gasification process to harness the ever growing amounts of waste products from a variety of sources. Utilizing sustainable biomass waste from wood processing, agricultural crop residuals, forestry management, as well as combined plastic waste, Net Zero Hydrogen is ready to meet the needs of CHP production and fuel energy consumption in line with international regulatory requirements. Through its proprietary downdraft gasification process, Net Zero Hydrogen can provide carbon neutral synthetic gas, biochar, electricity and heat as well as additional chemical carriers which can used as future fuel sources in the shipping and heavy transport industries. The modular technology is adaptable by design and is economically efficient in its installation and production costs.
The importance of using waste materials that would otherwise be incinerated or dumped into a landfill can not be overlooked. These types of fuel sources address both environmental concerns over the traditional production of wood pellets as well as the ever-growing dilemma of responsible waste management and storage. Waste that is either burned or left to decompose in landfills release a number of harmful greenhouse gases, perpetuating the global climate crisis. Through Net Zero Hydrogen’s technological advancements in a truly sustainable and carbon neutral gasification process, valuable “Green Molecules” are produced without the harmful effects of combustion and its emissions.
Net Zero Hydrogen’s modular and adaptable gasification process not only produces “Green Molecules” for clean energy fuel sources, but also addresses the growing waste management problems facing the planet. As environmentalist’s concerns over the current use of wood pellet gasification intensifies, the need for truly sustainable waste streams is a necessity moving forward in the clean tech industry. As the use of whole trees to create the wood pellets for most traditional gasification waste conversion becomes increasingly unacceptable and unsustainable, Net Zero Hydrogen’s proprietary technology expands the fuel sources capable of producing clean energy.
By using responsible wood waste from construction, demolition and saw mill waste combined with single use plastic and agricultural waste, Net Zero Hydrogen can use a combination of materials to create fuel pellets. The waste is initially screened, sorted and processed before entering the gasification reactor. It is then heated in a low oxygen environment without combustion and the gaseous syngas is separated while the remaining feed materials are used to produce activated carbon. The syngas is further refined to produce a number of valuable “Green Molecules” through a process using catalysts, high pressure and controlled temperatures. Excess carbon is further scrubbed from the product, forming CO2 which can either be safely stored underground or further processed to be used to create adhesives, pharmaceuticals and carbon-based construction materials.
Syngas can be utilized to synthesize liquid hydrocarbons including; distillate fuels (such as diesel fuel and kerosene), alcohols (such as methanol and ethanol) and fertilizers (such as ammonia). Production of highly valuable fuels and alcohols from renewable resources on a distributed scale will create a paradigm shift in current energy markets. Empowering communities to produce their own local heat, baseload electricity and liquid fuels will drive the waste to green molecules market to the forefront of the renewable energy sector.
Net Zero Hydrogen’s gasification technology has been tested on a wide array of sustainable biomass waste fuels and performs particularly well with wood waste, bagasses and agricultural waste. The technology is appropriately scaled for the highly local reality of global waste markets. Net Zero Hydrogen has a number of patents and patents pending for its gasification technology and the manner in which that technology can be combined with other relevant energy production and water purification systems.
With recent EU announcements of tighter regulations on industries contributing to GHGs, Net Zero Hydrogen is positioned to be a valuable and carbon neutral supplier of clean energy carriers, including Hydrogen, Methane, Methanol, Ammonia as well as synthetic fuels or syngas. The proposed “Fit for 55” measures look to reduce carbon emissions by 55% of 1990 levels by 2030, with the end goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
The ambitious package also includes, for the first time, carbon pricing requirements for shipping and aviation industries as well as buildings, with wind energy viewed as the major supplier of clean energy. However, wind power alone can not create enough energy to meet the current proposal’s targets and has already caused concern for major suppliers in this clean energy sector. Companies leading in the industry, like Vestas, Orsted, Siemens Gamesa, have recently stated, at the current pace of wind power production, they will likely fall short of the mid century goal of net zero emissions by more than 40%.
It is here, where Net Zero Hydrogen is positioned to have its greatest impact in supplying sustainable, carbon neutral energy carriers through the production of “Green Molecules.” Though wind power will be a large portion of energy produced, much of the power reaching the grid will be cannibalized by the most energy intensive industries, leaving little for commercial and residential sectors. Through its clean technology Net Zero Hydrogen can convert a variety of waste, of which there is no shortage, into any number of fuel sources for heavy trucking, shipping and aviation industries.
The most valuable and growing future markets for clean energy will be in these two industries. As shipping and aviation companies will be required to participate in an emission trading system and carbon-related import tariffs, the industries will rapidly be implementing the use of alternate fuel sources to offset these additional costs to meet the strict new requirements under the new measures proposed by the EU.
Though combined the two industries account for roughly 7% of CO2 emissions annually around the globe, those rates are expected to triple over the next three decades. As these industries continue to expand at a rate faster than the global GDP, the need to limit the future regulatory costs will be achieved by using alternate fuel sources, which Net Zero Hydrogen is able to provide through its gasification
Net Zero is currently operating a facility in cooperation with Bio Energy Netherlands in the port of Amsterdam which began in 2018. The locally sourced wood waste is non-recyclable and would be otherwise incinerated, contributing further to harmful greenhouse emissions.
The carbon neutral commercial wood gasifier was the first of its kind in operation in the Netherlands and provides a capacity of 10MW. 80% of the output is used for heating and 20% is being used for electricity. The heat and electricity are supplied to the municipality’s Waste Energy Company, which is then directly connected to Amsterdam’s heating network.
The project was awarded funding by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through Kansen voor West, a cooperation between four provinces in the west and middle of the Netherlands and the four most populated cities of the country to boost the local economy, with a focus on innovation and sustainability.
A new production facility also in cooperation with Bio Energy Netherlands has been proposed to operate in the city Delfzijl. Using the modular Net Zero Hydrogen technology scaled for the location, the goal is to make significant contributions to the Dutch goal of 2 billion m3 of sustainable and carbon neutral green gas production by 2030.
Net Zero Hydrogen’s CTO Dr. Phillip Leveson graduated from Sheffield University (England) with a degree in Chemical engineering and later received his PHD from the same university, specializing in oxygen enrichment of combustion systems. He is currently at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY where he continues to develop clean energy technologies.
His work for Net Zero Hydrogen has been integral to the development of the gasification tech that’s driving the clean energy industry. Dr. Leveson leads a team of engineers that continue the development of Net Zero Hydrogen technologies designed to convert Nitrogen free syngas into advanced chemicals. He has also worked to create new biofuels and uses for waste gasification that can broaden the applications of Net Zero Hydrogen’s technology for future use in transportation related energy sources. Net Zero Hydrogen has also attracted additional environmental entrepreneurs looking to reinvent the production and use of sustainable, clean energy technology.
Using truly sustainable and carbon neutral biomass waste is a necessity to keep pace with tighter international regulations. With a recent agreement between the US Federal government and the state of California to jointly manage federal forest lands can offer the opportunity to use sustainable wood waste, and can be used as a model for additional states to follow. This will allow for reliable and responsibly sourced forest management waste to be used in the gasification process, avoiding the common problems of using whole trees to convert in to biomass fuels.
Net Zero Hydrogen’s gasification process can also be adapted to use a combination of plastic and wood waste for a fuel source as well. A recent UN Environment Program publication stated that an estimated 8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans every year. The devastating effect of micro plastic pollution in rivers and oceans must be addressed as part of any solution to global climate crisis. Utilizing a portion of this non recycled plastic waste combined with wood waste can be an important part In tackling this monumental problem as well as producing sustainable, carbon neutral energy where needed.
Balancing the commercial and industrial needs for sustainable and reliable energy production with the changing regulatory requirements of varying international economies has been at the forefront of Net Zero Hydrogen’s mission. With the EU’s new 2050 target date for net zero energy production, the need for flexibility in current gasification technology is an absolute necessity.
As solar and wind production increase, much of the energy supplied to any given grid is “cannibalized” by energy intensive industries, leaving little benefit for other sectors. Net Zero Hydrogen’s technology provides the adaptability and accessibility for both large and small scale carbon neutral energy production, decreasing fossil fuel dependency and reducing harmful emissions where ever the need is required.