HYNOCA = HYdrogen NO CArbon
WHAT IS HYNOCA®?
HYNOCA® is an industrial world game-changer solution for the production of competitive renewable hydrogen, which is produced by thermolysis and steam-cracking of various biomasses (independently from electricity). This disruptive technology is protected by 14 patents families (over 100 patents) Thanks to the use of biomass, an abundant and economic resource, it’s also the only known marketed technology that integrates locally the entire value chain, from the collection of inputs to the end user, thus accelerating both energy transition and creating locally wealth and a circular economy.
HYNOCA® stations are modular, almost plug and play, designed for an outdoor installation. They allow to produce from 250 kgs/day to more than 2000 kgs/day of hydrogen, depending on the station’s size. Therefore, the solution is compatible with a variety of projects depending on the needs. In case of change in production needs, modules may be added to increase the capacity.
Choosing a HYNOCA® station for your hydrogen production, it’s also contributing to:
Biomass comes in various types (agricultural residues, forestry slashes, organic waste, etc.). They are all renewable.
Furthermore, your station may co-produce biochar which, when used in eco-farming, allows the permanent carbon’s capture by the soil, effectively permitting strong net negative CO2 emissions – while bringing a substantial agronomic benefit.
The collection/logistics of biomass and the station’s operations and maintenance create a local chain with local jobs.
The energy cost mainly covers the local manpower and not, as for solar panels, the Capex amortization of imported equipment.
HYNOCA will allow to produce (by far) the most competitive hydrogen. Renewable Hydrogen is designed to replace fossil fuels for applications not adapted to consume electricity as energy carrier. However, renewable hydrogen for end users is still 5 to 10 times more expensive than zero rated fossil fuels.
Biomass is 3 to 8 times cheaper than electricity, and cheaper than fossil fuels. Energy used to produce the hydrogen being the main cost driver for the overall hydrogen cost, hydrogen produced by HYNOCA is necessarily, for a given application, always far more economic than hydrogen produced by electrolysis.
The recycling of biomasses waste and residues is a challenge that, thanks to our 25 years of experience internationally, we are addressing with HYNOCA®. We have developed its technology specifically as modular, with container-designed skids that are easy to plug in. Therefore, this innovation allows to easily satisfy the needs of the growing number of markets that are becoming interested in renewable hydrogen. The HYNOCA® technology can cover almost all uses for hydrogen, and in particular:
For the industry
Hydrogen has become a staple in companies’ efforts to improve their social responsibility.
HYNOCA®’s hydrogen brings a concrete answer to the production of very competitive renewable industrial hydrogen, up to 8400 hours per year, which may directly induce strong negative CO2 emissions. Indeed, the recycling of biomass, a cheap and abundant resource, allows the production of biomass in the immediate vicinity of the final user, thus decreasing drastically the costs of stock and transport of hydrogen. Furthermore, the inputs being renewable, and the biochar being a by-product that captures a lot of carbon (approx. 16 kg of equivalent CO2 per kg of hydrogen) make the whole process carbon-negative.
Hydrogen fuel cells electric vehicles (FCEV) have approximately twice the range of a battery electric vehicle (BEV) and are refuelled as fast as their gasoline counterparts. Their sole “reject” is water. FCEV combine the advantages of BEV and those of cars with combustion engines. The main current issue is to produce and distribute hydrogen at an acceptable/affordable cost. HYNOCA® stations are perfectly designed to feed decentralised refuelling hydrogen stations. They produce hydrogen with a guaranteed 99.99% level of purity, in full compliance with the quality standards, over 95% of the time. Furthermore, the HYNOCA® solution also allows local communities to relocate energy production and create new local jobs. With these benefits, HYNOCA® contributes to the economic resilience of many areas.
The first large HYNOCA® industrial and commercial station, with a final capacity of 720 kg/day of hydrogen (corresponding to 1600 light vehicles each driving 15.000 km per year), will be started up during the first quarter 2021.
Heavy good vehicles, buses, trains are ideal applications for hydrogen, as they often require long ranges, and are generally not compatible with heavy battery packs. Hydrogen powered heavy good vehicles are rapidly growing across the globe. For example, the American company Nikola Corporation, which produces hydrogen semi-trucks, is currently (10/15/2020) valued 9 billion dollars, despite having no sold travelling vehicles yet. To support the strategic development of hydrogen heavy goods vehicles, the growth of hydrogen stations is a key requirement, as for example shown in the International Road Transport Union’s plea to the European Union for public massive investments to be made in that field.
Urban buses, dumpsters, trucks, regional trains, touring boats, cars, light utilities or even forklift: all will soon include an offer for hydrogen that HYNOCA® can easily address with fast meshing of global areas supplied with locally produced competitive renewable hydrogen.
KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
Between 240 & more than 2000 kgs of hydrogen daily depending on requirements
Close to 70% of energetic efficiency
Over 100 patents covering this innovation
10 years in development