New York-based hydrogen developer H2-Industries has signed an agreement in principle with the government of Oman to develop a $1.4bn solar-powered waste-to-hydrogen plant, Zawya reports.
The memorandum of understanding envisages a facility built on a 200,000-sq-m coastal site that will be able to convert up to 1 million tonnes of municipal waste a year, later expanding to deal with 4 million tonnes. This will be powered by a 300MW solar photovoltaic plant with 70MW of battery storage capacity.
H2-Industries intends to use its liquid organic hydrogen carrier technology to turn waste into green hydrogen using only solar energy. It estimates the export value of hydrogen and carbon dioxide generated in Oman will be $268m a year.
The company’s process is able to deal with plastics, agricultural waste and sewage sludge to create a hydrogen “carrier fluid” that is easily transportable.
In February, H2-Industries received preliminary approval for a plan to invest $3bn in a 1GW waste-to-hydrogen plant in Egypt. If this goes ahead, it will be built at East Port-Said near the Suez Canal, where it will process 4 million tonnes of organic waste and non-recyclable plastic a year.