US Tribe to develop biomass-to-hydrogen facility and reduce forest fire concerns

Redding Rancheria Tribe has received $500,000 in funding to support a US hydrogen production facility.

Located in Red Bluff, California, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tribe was granted the funding from the California Department of Conservation.

Expected to produce over 30,000kg of hydrogen per day, the facility will utilise forest biomass from the Sierra Nevada mountains. Removing dead, down, and diseased trees and underbrush from the forest is part of a State and Federal policy to prevent forest fires.

The production process will use pyrolysis and does not require any carbon sequestration, with the Tribe licensing the technology from H2 Energy Group. The facility will also aid truck manufacturers in meeting California’s zero-emissions vehicle policy.

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