Net-Zero Emission Hydrogen Refinery Project

Yallourn, Victoria, Australia

  • Front ended by a COLDry plant, feeding dried COLDry pellets to char kilns (syngas and char product streams)
  • Syngas processed and reformed to provide hydrogen and CO2 as major components
  • Hydrogen and CO2 sent to formic acid and dimethyl ether plants
  • Balance of syngas stream can be used in power generation step for either internal power needs or under power purchase agreement (PPA) with EnergyAustralia
  • Char product streams have multiple uses:
    • Agricultural Char for soil health and productivity, increasing atmospheric CO2 absorption
    • Battery Active Carbon, supporting critical mineral requirement for the energy transition
    • Fuel char BBQ briquettes, carburiser (iron & steelmaking), specialty metal reductant and carbon additive
  • Process delivers net negative CO2 status
  • Enhanced CO2 absorption of soils via ag-char raises the prospect of significant production of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU’s)
  • Future COHgen line increases hydrogen output and further improves net negative CO2 status and increased ACCU's
  • Expansion to source increased biomass feedstock lines and increased COLDry capacity to serve further downstream products, increased H2 consumption and greater export capability.

Site acquired adjacent to the existing Yallourn mine and power station complex

Clean Hydrogen

  • Net zero hydrogen production from lignite & waste biomass
  • Stretch target of $2/kg by 2030
  • No CCS required, making it immediately deployable
  • Economic at small scale, supporting earlier market activation
  • Scalable, modular design allows ramp up of hydrogen and hydrogen carrier products to match demand

Critical Minerals

  • Production of graphitic anode material for lithium-ion batteries, supporting future surge in battery demand
  • Lower environmental impact than lithium or rare-earth mining ensures social license for continued lignite extraction, in support of the energy transition

Soil Health

  • Agricultural char production
  • Soil health & productivity benefits
  • Soil biome and carbon level improvements
  • Stimulates increased atmospheric drawdown of CO2
  • Improved fertiliser utilization

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