With 24/7 uptime and a full-time staff of 15, our pilot plant in the port of Amsterdam uses our patented technology—a modified downdraft gasification system—to convert waste wood into biogas suitable for catalytic applications including the production of green hydrogen and green carbon dioxide. The facility is operated by Bio Energy Netherlands, a wholly owned subsidiary of NZH, and also serves as a base for our ongoing research and development efforts. The plant’s first hydrogen separation and purification unit will be completed in the second quarter of 2022, enabling the production of fuel-cell-grade hydrogen on a small scale.
Our next plant in The Netherlands will be in Delfzijl, where we are sited, permitted, and supported by a feed-in tariff to supply green gas to the local grid. We are working with a number of global, leading engineering firms to build it.
Now in development in the north of the Netherlands, BEN’s Bio Fuel Groningen (BFG) project is located near the German border, in the port of Delfzijl. We expect this commercial-scale plant to come online in 2025, using waste wood to produce up to 45 million cubic meters of biogas per year. This renewable energy source can be fed into the grid or converted to bio-liquified natural gas (bio-LNG) for heavy-duty trucking and maritime transport. In addition to green gas, BFG will generate up to 150,000 tonnes of green carbon dioxide for use by greenhouses, cold storage facilities, and other industrial consumers. We are planning to scale across The Netherlands, Germany, and Spain. We have teams and partners in place across all three markets, where we see unique opportunity for our breakthrough carbon-negative technology.