New startup is introducing a green technology that produces hydrogen and other clean fuels that could be used to replace fossil fuels in the economy.
Hydrogen Utopia International PLC is a hydrogen company founded in 2020 that develops a technology converting non-recyclable mixed plastic waste into hydrogen, syngas and other gases in a process that has no emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
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Hydrogen Utopia also announced on Feb 27th that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Rocquaine Management Limited (RML) – a strategic advisor, to explore opportunities for the development of waste plastic to hydrogen plants in Estonia and elsewhere.
According to Rocquaine Management, there is an opportunity for the development of a waste plastic to hydrogen plant at a new technology park that is being developed at a port near Tallinn. The produced clean fuel could supply local consumers and power commercial heavy goods transportation of liquefied natural gas and other cargo to the surrounding Baltic regions.
Under the agreement, RML will introduce Hydrogen Utopia to relevant parties. Hydrogen Utopia will have to provide additional payments to RML upon the achievement of further specified milestones in relation to the project. There is also a possibility for potential equity participation in the waste plastic to hydrogen plants that will be constructed.
Hydrogen Utopia Technology
Hydrogen Utopia starts the hydrogen production process by shredding and drying the plastic feedstock prior to entering the reactor system. No sorting or cleaning is required. There are three stages in the reactor before the final products are derived.
In the first stage, the plastics are heated to around 300°C, and undergo a transition to vapor phase, with any solid contaminants that may be present in the feedstock being separated, cooled and removed. The removal happens without any reactor gases escaping into the air.
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In the second stage, the plastics are heated to around 650°C, where the material is converted to a mixture of gases.
In the third stage, the temperature in the reactor is 850 to 900°C, where the complex mixture of gases break down into a synthetic gas known as “syngas”, with the major components of methane, hydrogen and carbon oxides.
As the conditions within the reactor system are oxygen-free, there is no combustion or “burning” and no emission of the gas mixture into the atmosphere. The reactors also use green electricity to power.
The resulting syngas is cooled and passed to the gas cleanup section, where trace components resulting from contaminants in the waste plastics are removed. The hydrogen is extracted from the syngas and purified to export grade (99.999%) via pressure swing technology. There is a remaining syngas from the process that can be exported as a base chemical, or used to generate heat or power.
Hydrogen Utopia offers a new clean energy solution to the market of green technologies that produces hydrogen with zero emissions. It also takes care of the nonrecyclable plastic waste which is one of the biggest sources of pollution resulting from the economy’s addiction to plastic products. As green hydrogen produced from electrolysis is still not an energy-efficient process, Hydrogen Utopia’s technology could provide a better alternative for producing the hydrogen fuel.