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KACST, CarbonMeta to advance hydrogen production from plastic waste technology

KACST, CarbonMeta to advance hydrogen production from plastic waste technology

An innovative method in producing hydrogen from plastic waste is set to be explored between CarbonMeta Technologies and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

Formalised with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) revealed on Tuesday (Jan 4), the partnership will see the two companies jointly cooperate on processing plastic waste into hydrogen gas high-value solid carbon materials using microwave catalysis.

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In exploring this hydrogen production method, it could grant a new avenue to not only generate the clean energy carrier but to additionally reduce the amount of plastic pollution around the globe.

The two companies will continue to work together to advance the microwave catalysis process that makes this possible whilst also developing hydrogen and carbon extraction processes that will be required for industrial-scale applications.

KACST and CarbonMeta will be working together to accelerate the commercialisation of the waste plastic catalysis processes and the material separation processes for manufacturing hydrogen, graphite and carbon nanotube products.

Dr. Hassan Alayied, Director General of International Cooperation and Partnerships at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, said, “This collaboration will help advance a solution for eliminating plastic waste; instead of polluting our land and oceans, waste plastics could produce clean hydrogen fuel and value-added carbon products.

“Through this agreement, KACST‎ will contribute in providing the necessary technical personnel and specialised laboratories to achieve this goal.”

Lloyd Spencer, Chairman and CEO of CarbonMeta, said, “Collaborating with KACST will step up our efforts to commercialise the patented technologies that were exclusively licensed from Oxford University Innovation.

“We look forward to working closely with KACST in Saudi Arabia and University of Oxford in the United Kingdom to manufacture and market hydrogen, graphite and carbon nanotube products.”

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