BEEAH Group and Chinook Sciences Partner with Japan’s Air Water Inc. on First Waste to Hydrogen Plan

Following the signing of an MoU, BEEAH Group, Chinook Sciences and Air Water are working together to achieve the production of fuel cell grade hydrogen while tackling the challenge of waste wood and plastic

SHARJAH, December 14 2022: BEEAH Group, the Middle East’s sustainability pioneer, Chinook Sciences, UK’s innovator in waste to fuel technologies, and Air Water, a Japanese conglomerate with businesses relating to natural resources and industrial gas production, are coming together to realise the ambitious target of producing fuel cell grade hydrogen from waste wood and plastic. The three organisations recently signed an MoU in Japan as a first step in forming a consortium that will advance progress on the Middle East’s first waste to hydrogen plant, located in Sharjah, UAE, and explore further opportunities across the region.

Combining BEEAH’s expertise in waste management and material recovery, Chinook Sciences patented RODECS pyrolysis and gasification process, and Air Water’s Hydrogen Refinement technology, the Waste to Hydrogen plant in Sharjah will transform waste wood and plastic into fuel-cell grade green hydrogen. The plans for the Waste to Hydrogen plant include an on-site green hydrogen dispensing station capable of fuelling several vehicles. To realize this innovative type of fuelling station, the plant will need to produce fuel cell grade hydrogen, which will be made possible with Air Water’s Hydrogen Refinement technology. Syngas produced from the RODECS pyrolysis and gasification process from Chinook Sciences will be fed into the hydrogen refinement system, resulting in fuel cell grade green hydrogen. Specifically, the grade hydrogen will be produced for PEM fuel cells at ISO14687 or SAEJ2719 standards.

Last year, following Cop26 in Glasgow, the UAE announced the Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, becoming the first nation in the Middle East to announce a net-zero emissions strategy. As part of this strategy, the UAE also announced a hydrogen leadership roadmap, which includes the production and export of green hydrogen produced through clean technologies. The production of waste derived fuels is a clean energy technology and through the production of fuel cell grade hydrogen, the Sharjah Waste to Hydrogen plant will potentially displace thousands of tons of CO2 every year.

Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of BEEAH Group, said: “For BEEAH, the waste-to-hydrogen plant is an innovation that will enable us to eliminate the challenge of certain types of waste wood and plastic, while also producing fuel cell grade hydrogen, which is a solution for emissions-free mobility of the future. The project aligns with the UAE’s Hydrogen Leadership roadmap and demonstrates a feasible, scalable and sustainable approach to green hydrogen production. To achieve this kind of innovation, we partnered with Chinook Sciences to bridge the gap between waste processing and pyrolysis. By partnering with Air Water on this project, we are bringing cutting-edge hydrogen refinement technology from Japan. Together, we will break new ground in green, fuel cell grade hydrogen production for the region as well as globally.”

Air Water’s engineering division based in New Jersey, United States, has been working with Chinook Sciences since 2004 on the active pyrolysis technology in the multi-patented RODECS process, which is a universal thermal treatment system. Air Water and Chinook Sciences have an intricate knowledge of the conversion processes in RODECS, which will inform the success of the Waste to Hydrogen project with BEEAH Group.


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