Empire and Heartland unveil waste-to-hydrogen site plans in West Virginia


Empire Diversified Energy (Empire) and Heartland Water Technology (Heartland) have partnered to develop a waste-to-hydrogen site at the Port of West Virginia, as part of the Department of Energy’s Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2).

Specifically, the project will convert food waste into renewable hydrogen and carbon. To do this, there are several technical steps that make up a single process.

First, food waste is treated in an anaerobic digester, which produces biogas and digestate. Heartland’s HelioStorm gasifier then processes the biogas to produce clean hydrogen and sustainable carbon.

Meanwhile, the digestate is processed through Heartland’s LTC Dry and HelioStorm gasifiers to create a pure synthesis gas. This gas generates clean energy, powering the whole system and reducing dependence on the grid and fossil fuels.

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