Sewage sludge to hydrogen fuel facility plans for Scotland

An Anglo-Californian partnership has announced plans to roll out as many as 40 waste-to-hydrogen refueling stations in the UK, starting in Scotland. Ways2H recycles municipal solid waste, plastic, sewage sludge and other refuse in a
process that converts the waste into a gas and extracts hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles or power generators. The Long Beach-based firm said it would build facilities that convert waste into hydrogen gas to supply Element 2’s network of hydrogen refuelling stations.

A waste-to-hydrogen facility using the same technology was recently completed in Tokyo. The sites will each provide 500 kg to 1 tonne per day of renewable hydrogen fuel, enough for a heavy-duty truck, lorry or other Heavy Goods Vehicle to cover 11,000 road kilometres (6,835 miles). The first project is planned for a yet-to-be-specified location in Scotland.

Element 2 CEO Tim Harper said: “Our hydrogen supply agreement with Ways2H is an important step in Element 2’s plan to deliver 2,000 hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK, Ireland and Europe by 2030.

“As we work to procure renewable hydrogen to supply our refueling stations, we are pleased to be able to include Ways2H and their Circular Economy approach to producing hydrogen from waste as part of the Element 2 network.”

Ways2H CEO Jean-Louis Kindler said: “Scotland is a world leader in transitioning to clean hydrogen and renewables from fossil fuels to address climate change, and we look forward to working with Element 2 to supply clean hydrogen fuel for cars, trucks, buses, ferries and other transport across Scotland, the UK and Europe.”

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