Chevron and other partners announced an investment in a business that would develop modular waste-to-green hydrogen and renewable synthetic fuel plants in northern California, with ambitions to expand globally in the future.
The $20 million investment in Raven SR, located in Wyoming, is focused on developing technology to create combustion-free, green hydrogen for transportation that is cleaner than so-called blue hydrogen generated from natural gas.
Unlike alternative waste disposal methods such as incineration or gasification, Raven promotes a steam and carbon dioxide reformation process that does not require burning, therefore supposedly lowering emissions.
Chevron, Hyzon, Itochu and others plan to build hydrogen production facilities in San Francisco. The goal is to produce more synthetic liquid fuels, including diesel and jet fuel, as well as other additives and solvents. The first facilities with Chevron and the partners will be in the San Francisco area. “We’re excited to start working with our partners on realizing our global vision of zero-emission transportation,” CEO says.
Chevron and Raven SR are building the first renewable fuel production facilities to be built at landfills to produce fuel for northern California hydrogen fuel stations and for Hyzon’s hydrogen hubs. The initial facilities are expected to process about 200 tons/d of organic waste, yielding green hydrogen and producing on-site energy for operations. “This is an exciting opportunity to develop green hydrogen technology,” said Alice Flesher, Chevron general manager of strategy and planning.