Patriot Hydrogen has been making solid progress in its goal of producing modular, off-the-shelf pyrolysis systems that take waste biomass and convert it into clean energy.
The company has now manufactured its first proof concept unit which will soon be deployed onto Kilto Station, a Western Australian Kimberley cattle station, for commissioning in Q3 2022.
Once the company has a successful product, projects under development and a forward book of orders going ahead, it will then proceed with plans for a public listing on a favourable exchange to support the design and installation of plants for new clients.
The first unit is part of a partnership with Kimberley Clean Energy who have signed an MOU for the supply of 75 units throughout the region.
This will in turn open up a giant opportunity as while pyrolysis technology itself is not new, the ability to build smaller systems that can be put on site to deal with waste is one that hasn’t been achieved to date.
Patriot Hydrogen believes their technology will fill this large gap in what is predicted to become a financially lucrative market set to play an important role in decarbonising the energy industry and solving major waste challenges.
The company says businesses across a variety of industries are excited by their pyrolysis system that converts waste biomass into five valuable revenue streams — biochar, syngas (dense hydrogen) for fuel or generating electricity into the grid, carbon credits and wood vinegar for fertiliser.
Pyrolysis is simply the slow heating of organic material without oxygen and without any burning and converting it into energy products like syngas and hydrogen, along with other valuable outputs such as fertilisers, wood vinegar and biochar.
Patriot chairman Adam Giles says the company’s strategy takes waste and turns it into hydrogen energy. It also produces biochar, a solid form of carbon that is removed from the atmosphere, which can be used in multiple industries such as livestock (feed), agriculture (fertiliser), construction (cement).
“Because we don’t burn, we not don’t pollute the environment, in fact we take carbon out of atmosphere and put it back into the earth creating a negative emissions outcome.
“For example, manure is a cost for cattle yards to manage but if we can turn that into energy and fertiliser, it is a win for all parties because it gets rid of waste, produces cheaper, green power and also gets fertiliser at the back end,” he explained.
“It breaks the carbon cycle, taking carbon out of the atmosphere and returning back to the earth while still producing clean green energy and fertiliser.
And while Patriot Hydrogen foresees moving into more industrial opportunities, it is the agriculture sector where immediate opportunities present, whether that be currently burnt timber plantation, animal manure or food waste, the feedstock list is somewhat endless.
“This is a perfect opportunity to work with local councils and the agriculture sector to help offset their waste and create cheaper energy sources while targeting zero and negative emissions.
While converting waste biomass into energy is the primary goal, the pyrolysis process also offers companies with a clean solution that will help them meet their ESG targets of not only zero emissions, but negative emissions.
“Our product will help people get to negative zero emissions, while the policy parameters of net zero supports investment in our business as a model,” he added.
“As businesses take on a more environmentally responsible ethos, they will be looking at products like ours that can save them money in their waste management and also produce energy cleanly.
“There are a lot of industries, large, medium and small, who have constant waste and sees the Patriot units as an opportunity to move to a more environmentally sustainable model that benefits their economic bottom line.”