Ways2H Inc. (Ways2H), a global supplier of renewable hydrogen systems, and VALECOM, a Caribbean ecological and energy solutions provider, have announced that they have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to transform up to 9000 tpy of Martinican waste into renewable hydrogen. This first project between the two companies will focus on hydrogen production for power generation in the island, with possible applications for clean mobility solutions including municipal buses in the future.
Martinique is emblematic of the current challenges facing many island nations, which are increasingly a model for circular economies under pressure to utilise not only their resources, but their waste. In Martinique, one of the largest waste streams is the plastic bags used to protect the island’s main export product – bananas. The island uses 3000 tpy of these plastic films, which cannot be reused, making it an ideal feedstock for Ways2H’s waste-to-hydrogen process.
"At COP21 we laid out a plan for several projects that would help Caribbean islands, such as Martinique, to be more resilient and we consider this project with Ways2H as the next step in that vision”, said VALECOM Chief Executive Officer, Dominique Regis. “This modular and multi-flow project in Martinique will set up one or more of Ways2H’s waste-to-energy units and we intend to replicate it in other Caribbean Islands".
Under the partnership, Ways2H will initially process 24 tpd of mixed commercial waste, including plastics and furniture, with an additional 8 tpd once the infrastructure is fully operational after an 18 month construction period.
With waste-to-hydrogen sites underway in Japan, France, Scotland, and the US, Ways2H has positioned itself as an early pioneer in the renewable hydrogen sector. Its modular reactors sit on-site, recycling all types of waste – from agricultural, to plastics, sewage sludge, MSW and other refuse – in a carbon-neutral process that converts the waste into a gas and extracts pure hydrogen. The top applications of the company’s process are currently fuel for fuel-cell vehicles and power generators.
What we are seeing in Martinique is not unique to what we are seeing across the world: local, often rural, economies that are struggling to manage increasingly diverse waste streams, heightened energy costs and job losses,” said Ways2H Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Louis Kindler. “As we approach COP26, we see our work here, and in our projects around the world, as a critical blueprint for circular economy creation and we thank our partners like VALECOM as we work towards this mutual goal.”