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.

David Shabazian, Department of Conservation Director, said, “Converting forest biomass waste into carbon-negative energy is a critical part of achieving California’s climate goals while reducing wildfire hazards, improving watersheds and supporting sustainable local economies in the region.”

Tribal Member and President of the Redding Rancheria Economic Development Corporation, Jeremy Hayward, added, “As tribal members we’ve learned to be responsible for the next seven generations.

“Producing hydrogen from excess forest biomass is a win-win for the environment, addressing climate change and destructive forest fires at the same time.”

H2 Energy Group’s Chairman and Founder, Christopher Headrick, claimed the company’s technology is “truly carbon negative.” He added, “The I-5 corridor is a natural place to deploy this technology to produce hydrogen fuel as soon as possible.”

Last year (2023), Mote Inc. revealed it will develop its second biomass-to-hydrogen and carbon sequestration plant in California, after being awarded $1.2m in grant funding from the Department of Conservation, US Forest Service, and the California Department of Forestry (CAL FIRE).

Read more: Mote reveals plans for second biomass-to-hydrogen plant in California 

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