Hyzon Motors, Transform Materials inks MoU for renewable H2 production
Hyzon Motors has announced a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Transform Materials. Together, Hyzon and Transform Materials will evaluate proposals to develop facilities to produce low-to-negative carbon intensity hydrogen from various forms of methane, prioritizing biogas and renewable natural gas.
Transform Materials breaks down methane and other similar light hydrocarbon gases without oxygen, recombining the resulting fragments into two high-value end products, acetylene, and hydrogen. The patented microwave plasma reactor system generates these products from methane efficiently at very high rates of conversion and selectivity.
Through Transform Material's proprietary technology, the envisioned facilities (acting as hubs) can be built to produce hydrogen efficiently even at small scales of 1-5 tons/day, offering modular construction that allows capacity to grow as customer demand increases. The production of hydrogen as a co-product with acetylene provides significantly advantaged hydrogen cost structures.
Parker Meeks, Hyzon's Chief Strategy Officer Hyzon considers the key to decarbonizing transport in the near term requires overcoming the hydrogen infrastructure challenges. Our solution is to co-invest in facilities that produce low-cost hydrogen at small volumes, and which can be built in a matter of months. By coordinating these facilities with existing and developing customer interest, we can accelerate the deployment of our zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Additionally, Transform's technology can generate carbon solids such as acetylene black or graphene, providing for useful carbon capture while yielding significantly negative carbon-intensity products, particularly when utilizing biogas as the feedstock. Hyzon will evaluate opportunities to utilize the carbon solids Transform produces in Hyzon truck materials, such as battery and carbon fiber production, offering further circular economy opportunities in Hyzon's operations.
According to the MoU, Hyzon, and Transform will seek to align hydrogen production with the accelerating demand created by Hyzon's heavy-duty vehicles. Hubs would be located and sized to fulfill existing and potential customer needs, leading to high utilization by Hyzon's back-to-base vehicle deployments. Transform Materials' clean plasma technology can convert methane into hydrogen and acetylene without the CO2 emissions that result from traditional processes for generating hydrogen and acetylene. Utilizing this flexible, readily available feedstock without emitting CO2 results in low-to-negative carbon intensity hydrogen for powering Hyzon's zero-emissions vehicles.
David Soane, Transform Materials' founder, and CEO stated "Transform Materials offers a sustainable alternative for utilizing traditional hydrocarbon feedstocks such as natural gas and biogas. Transform's innovative technology avoids combustion entirely by turning these abundant resources into hydrogen, a carbon-free fuel, and into useful building blocks for important industrial chemicals. Working with Hyzon, we can de-carbonize two major industries at once: the transportation industry with our clean hydrogen, and the chemical manufacturing industry with our clean acetylene."
Under the MoU, the companies plan to explore sites in the US, Canada, Europe, and potentially China for facilities that would incorporate the Transform technology, with initial evaluations expected to begin early this year. Transform Materials will build, own, and operate the hubs, with Hyzon having the right to invest equity in the facilities. Feedstock and dispensing will be provided through third parties.