Naturgy and Australian company Wildfire Energy have reached an agreement to research and develop a new gasification technology called MIHG (Moving Injection Horizontal Gasification), which enables the production of high-quality green hydrogen with net negative carbon emissions from the treatment of a wide range of dry urban and agricultural waste, as the Spanish company reports.
As part of this collaboration, Wildfire will operate a pilot plant in Brisbane, Australia to produce hydrogen for use in all applications, including mobility.
For its part, Naturgy will use its experience in renewable gas projects to validate the process and ensure its scalability at an industrial level, with the aim of studying its implementation in Spain and Europe.
For Naturgy’s innovation director, Jesús Chapado, the company is aware of the global challenge it faces in decarbonization and the fight against climate change. “In this context, we see innovation as the tool that allows us to achieve clean energy solutions for the future. This collaboration is an example of Naturgy’s commitment to renewable gases, in the development of which the company wants to play a key role,” he emphasized. .
Greg Perkins, CEO and CEO of Wildfire, said: “Wildfire is pleased to announce this services agreement with Naturgy, a leader in the biomethane and hydrogen sector across Europe.”
“We look forward to working with Naturgy’s innovation team and demonstrating our waste-to-hydrogen technology through further pilot operations and completing a concept study for a first project in Spain,” he emphasized.
Naturgy has highlighted that investments in renewable energy confirm the company’s strategic commitment to achieve a “balanced solution to the energy trilemma”: contributing to the decarbonization of the economy, ensuring security of supply and maintaining an affordable energy price for all consumers.
As part of this triple challenge, Naturgy assures that it wants to play a key role in the development of renewable gases, both in the short-term production and distribution of biomethane in Spain and in the development of hydrogen as an energy carrier. which will have a significant impact on the energy mix in the medium term.
The company already has two biomethane production plants of its own: one at the Bens wastewater treatment plant (A Coruña) and another in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), which was the first in Spain to feed renewable gas into the network from landfill.
In the coming months, a third is expected to come into operation in Vila-Sana (Lleida) and work has already begun on two more, to be built in Torrefarrera (Lleida) and Utiel (Valencia).
For its part, Wildfire Energy aims to eliminate landfill waste by converting residual waste into renewable energy and hydrogen with its MIHG solution. It is a simple process that converts waste into electricity and hydrogen, with net negative CO2 emissions.
Wildfire Energy has developed modular plants that can be deployed quickly and used to convert biomass and waste into cost-effective renewable energy products.