COP 27: Haffner Energy Contributed to the Special Report on Hydrogen
28 November 2022 - 05:45PM
Biomass Thermolysis: An Alternative for the
Future to reach the ambitious objectives of Renewable Hydrogen
Production in Europe
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Haffner Energy (Paris:ALHAF):
On the occasion of COP 27, Hydrogen Europe, the European
association representing companies and national associations of the
hydrogen industry, presented its Special Report on Hydrogen.
The report analyzes the development of the hydrogen economy, its
industrial and political challenges, and its market perspectives.
It also highlights the industry's technological advances with case
studies that demonstrate how hydrogen is a reality and how its
numerous applications are paving the way to a climate-neutral
society, with a positive impact on the environment and on our daily
In the midst of global energy crisis, Frans Timmermans,
Vice-President of the European Commission, states as a foreword to
this report that "hydrogen is a strategic catalyst for the energy
transition and an opportunity for a new industrial revolution that
will have positive impacts in terms of economic growth, employment
and energy security”. With its REPowerEU plan, the European
Commission has confirmed its ambition to deploy renewable hydrogen
more rapidly, setting a target of 20 million tons of renewable
hydrogen produced by 2030, including the production of 10 million
tons in Europe. This is a significant target, which requires a
technology-neutral approach to ensure both energy independence and
carbon neutrality for Europe in 2050.
In this respect, the technology developed by Haffner Energy,
highlighted in the report, can be a major contribution to the
European objectives of renewable hydrogen production. With this
ambition, Haffner Energy, member of Hydrogen Europe, presents in
this report the benefits of its technology based on biomass
Haffner Energy's HYNOCA® technology: an agile and competitive
Haffner Energy has developed and industrialized an innovative
proprietary biomass thermolysis process called HYNOCA® (HYdrogen No
Carbon) that enables industry and mobility players to produce green
carbon negative hydrogen or synthesis gas and biochar.
In the current context of soaring energy prices, HYNOCA®
technology distinguishes from other hydrogen production processes
thanks to its many advantages. First, with its cost that has
remained almost unchanged despite surge in energy prices of fossil
fuels and electricity. Biomass thermolysis is a process that
consumes very little electricity and relies on a primary energy
source for which the costs have barely changed.
Moreover, biomass, a resource that can be found everywhere and
available locally, can be used to produce hydrogen at very
competitive costs, especially compared to fossil fuels. This
process makes it possible to use local biomass, essentially woody
agricultural residues, which is often abundant and unused.
Moreover, this allows us to produce green hydrogen on demand
without intermittency (8,000 hours/year) and to provide a
complementary solution for decarbonization to our customers thanks
to the biochar co-production.
Biochar, containing approximately 85% carbon taken from the
atmosphere, is an additional major asset and the basis of Haffner
Energy's negative carbon footprint technology. For every kg of
hydrogen produced with a HYNOCA® module, 5.5 kg of biochar is
co-produced, allowing the sequestration of 12 kg of CO2 net in a
full life cycle analysis. This carbon resulting from the
thermolysis of biomass residues serves as a stable and perennial
carbon sink that can be used in soils (as fertilizer or amendment)
or incorporated in materials (such as cement).
In the context of fighting climate change, biochar is an
extremely effective method of CO2 capture assessed by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the European
Philippe Haffner, Chairman and CEO of Haffner Energy,
said: "Renewable hydrogen is the flagship of the Energy Transition,
and we will need all means of renewable hydrogen production to meet
Europe's ambitious targets. Our HYNOCA® solution is available for
immediate deployment, without the need for infrastructure. We
support our customers across the entire value chain - including
biomass procurement, maintenance and operational supervision.
Haffner Energy is committed to becoming one of the major players in
decarbonization by providing massive solutions to produce
competitive and decarbonized hydrogen and renewable gases”.
To read the full case study with the interview of Philippe
Haffner, Chairman and CEO of Haffner Energy, click here.
To download the full Hydrogen Report 2022, click here.
About Haffner Energy A listed and family company
co-founded and co-managed by Marc and Philippe Haffner and a player
in the energy transition for 30 years, Haffner Energy designs and
provides technologies and services enabling its customers to
produce green hydrogen, renewable gas replacing natural gas
combined with carbon capture through the co-production of biochar
through its HYNOCA® and SYNOCA® processes, by thermolysis of
biomass. Those processes allow the production of hydrogen or
renewable gas at highly competitive cost, is carbon negative of 12
kg (net) of CO2 per kg of hydrogen produced, while depending very
little on the electricity grid and the cost of electricity. This
enables Haffner Energy to make a very rapid and agile contribution
to the strategic challenges of Europe's energy independence
combined with the acceleration of its decarbonization.
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