Establishing a network to fuel the green revolution

Green Evolution

The search for sustainable sources of clean, renewable energy is ongoing, worldwide, not least when it comes to powering the millions of vehicles that crowd the planet’s roads. One of the principal sources of the carbon dioxide that’s released into the atmosphere – particularly in urban areas – is motor vehicle exhaust emissions. The resulting smog has been linked to lung disease, damage to the natural environment, climate change, and harm to animals.

Increasingly, fuel cell devices are considered as a replacement to the internal combustion engine. Fuel cells provide propulsion by converting chemical energy into electrical energy. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is becoming progressively popular, in part because refueling is quicker than for a battery-powered electric vehicle whose charging time counts in tens of minutes, and the range per tank/charge is greater. What they both have in common is that neither type of vehicle emit CO2. Fuel cell vehicles emit water vapor from their exhaust pipes, battery-powered electrical vehicle have no excaust pipe.

However, as people open to embracing these new green technologies, they often run into another problem – the lack of supporting infrastructure. This can be a particular issue for the transportation industry, where there’s a specific need to keep vehicles fueled and mobile.

In Germany, the hydrogen filling station network is growing. A recent addition is a state-of-the-art facility in the city of Halle an der Saale, which plugs a gap that existed in the “hydrogen highway” between Leipzig and Magdeburg. The refueling process is not unlike conventional refueling and takes no more than five minutes to complete. By 2020, there are expected to be around 100 stations for drivers to choose from.

It is likely to be some time before the same kind of network is available for hydrogen refueling as exists for gasoline and diesel, but it is encouraging to see positive action being taken. We can also expect an exponential growth of these stations, comparable to the exponential growth of battery-powered electrical vehicles charging stations between 2014 and 2018.

At Clean Energy Enterprises, we applaud all efforts to promote and enable the use of clean energy. Moreover, by our pioneering technologies that turn waste biomass into clean, renewable hydrogen fuel, two of the world’s most pressing problems are being addressed.


Is trash the answer to our energy problems?


Across the world, the waste produced by our societies is largely seen as a problem – but could it instead be an opportunity? Increasingly, waste-to-energy solutions are being deployed to convert trash into renewable energy that can be far cleaner than the average power generated through traditional energy production technologies.

Yet while waste-to-energy processing has been fairly widely adopted in Europe – with almost 500 waste-to-energy facilities in operation across the continent – uptake in the United States has been less progressive. According to BioEnergy Consult, there are currently only 86 municipal waste-to-energy facilities across 25 states for the purpose of energy recovery and, perhaps more significantly, the last new facility opened in 1995. So what is behind the apparent resistance to this renewable energy resource in the US?

One reason for the lack of adoption of waste-to-energy facilities in the US is, quite simply, budget. Construction of such renewable energy plants traditionally exceed $100 million, with larger plants far exceeding that figure, and many corporate and public entities are unwilling to make that kind of investment into technologies that may not provide sufficiently swift or large returns on the initial investment. This trend can also be confirmed in other sectors such as traditional energy production or roads infrastructure, paving the way, at least in the energy sector, for more efficient and adaptable newcomers. Clean Energy Enterprises’ BLUE Tower solution is available in small sizes, greatly reducing implementation cost, waste volume and the amount of land required to house it, making it the perfect solution to the US waste and energy crises. 

Simultaneously, the growing importance of the energy smart grid facilitates the emergence of distributed, point-of-use energy production solutions such as the BLUE Tower. 

According to an article in Scientific American, deploying waste-to-energy facilities nationwide could reduce waste volumes by up to 90 percent, with the remaining 10 percent mostly rendered to inert ash if properly incinerated. 

The BLUE Tower waste to energy solution efficiently reduces waste volumes and produces a hydrogen-rich gas. Hydrogen is recognized worldwide as a solution to heavy duty transportation, where batteries take too long to be charged, or cannot provide enough range. Passenger vehicle manufacturers are also actively developing models, Toyota and Honda being the most prominent among them, each with several thousand vehicles on the road.

At Clean Energy Enterprises, we are dedicated to trash remediation and delivering effective and efficient renewable energy solutions, including advanced waste-to-energy gasification technologies to convert waste into hydrogen fuel with minimal emissions.