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Geo Biogas &Tech studies producing green hydrogen from biomass

Geo Biogas &Tech plans to quickly and cheaply produce green hydrogen and renewable jet fuel from green biomass, such as organic agribusiness waste. The company has been researching the process from the production of methane, using technologies consolidated in the market, to obtain the two products in biogas units from 2023. The company intends to combine the production possibilities from two proof-of-concepts (POC) carried out this year, which will result in green hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plants. According to the president of Geo Biogas & Tech, Alessandro Gardemann, investments in research and development (R&D) and in engineering for the projects should exceed BRL 20 M. The plants that result from the studies must produce biogas and biomethane from biomass in general, especially from sugarcane residues, such as bagasse and vinasse. “It would be a good way to offer the SAF”, assesses Gardemann. According to the executive, the production of the SAF would take place through the process known as Fischer-Tropsch, which takes advantage of the biogas reform process to convert it into aviation kerosene. This project is being developed in partnership with the State University of Maringa, which involves the development of proprietary technology that will result in its own catalyst. The expectation is that the demonstration units of SAF production will be in operation from 2024. The development of green fuels is a priority for aviation, one of the sectors of the economy that emit the most greenhouse gases. The production of green hydrogen will be done using the methane steam reforming route, but instead of fossil natural gas, Geo Biogas & Tech will use biogas from its plants. This project is carried out in partnership with the Federal Technological University of Parana (UTFPR, in Portuguese). In this case, the expectation is that the demonstration plants will be in operation next year. In addition to the initiatives, Geo Biogas &Tech is a partner of Raizen in a joint-venture for the production of electricity through biogas and biomethane from the filter cake, at the Bonfim plant, which has an installed capacity of 21 MW. – https://valor.globo.com/empresas/noticia/2022/09/26/geo-biogas-tech-estuda-produzir-hidrogenio-verde-a-partir-da-biomassa.ghtml