Waste-to-hydrogen facility anticipated in California
Artist rendering of the waste-to-hydrogen facility being planned by Ways2H and Ford, Bacon & Davis in Kern County, California.
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Waste-to-hydrogen facility anticipated in California

Ways2H Inc. and Ford, Bacon & Davis have announced a joint collaboration to design and build a waste-to-hydrogen facility in California by the end of 2020.

Ways2H Inc., Long Beach, California, and Ford, Bacon & Davis LLC, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based engineering, procurement and construction firm, have announced a joint collaboration to design and build waste-to-hydrogen facilities in California and other locations, reports Biomass magazine.

The two companies plan to build the first U.S. modular waste-to-hydrogen production facility in California in the fourth quarter of 2020, with a pipeline of additional projects to follow in 2021. The facilities will utilize the patented process developed through Ways2H's ongoing joint venture with long-time technical partner, Japan Blue Energy Co. (JBEC).

The approach converts the world's “worst” waste, including medical waste, municipal solid waste, plastics, agricultural residue and/or wastewater sludge into renewable hydrogen, with a net zero-carbon footprint. The California project will be Ways2H's second transportable, modular waste-to-hydrogen unit, after the company completes work on its first commercial modular waste-to-hydrogen project currently underway in Japan with JBEC, for the next Tokyo Olympics.

“We're excited to work with Ways2H to commercialize a new generation of biomass-to-renewable hydrogen projects," John Brabender, vice president of business development at Ford, Bacon & Davis, said. "We have a history of renewable energy projects and commercialization of new technologies, such as biomass to chemicals, solar power, and carbon sequestration, and we see big opportunities for new renewable hydrogen technology."

The first California waste-to-hydrogen production unit will be transportable, sized to fit in three 20-foot containers, processing 1 ton of waste per day and producing 40 to 50 kilograms of hydrogen per day.

"Our goal is to improve the global environment by producing carbon-negative hydrogen, while offering sustainable waste disposal. This collaboration with Ford, Bacon & Davis will help us achieve those goals, while supplying the United States with another clean fuel and power option to meet growing demand," Ways2H CEO Jean-Louis Kindler said.

According to Biomass magazine, the Ways2H process has a net zero-carbon footprint and a negative-carbon footprint when paired with carbon capture and storage. The process, which does not burn or incinerate waste, is a new solution for the global $400 billion+ solid waste management market and the rapidly growing hydrogen economy, estimated to reach $2.5 trillion by 2050.