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Martinique: Banana packaging utilized in waste-to-energy project

A new waste-to-energy project in the Caribbean is set to convert commercial waste into carbon-free renewable hydrogen syngas, generating electric power on the island. California-based Ways2H Inc. and Caribbean energy and ecological firm VALECOM are signed a letter of intent to transform as much as 9,000 tons of commercial waste into hydrogen.

The island nation uses about 3,000 tons of plastic films to protect its bananas for export. WAYS2H will initially process 24 tons of commercial waste per day. The conversion will take in another 8 tons per day once the infrastructure is fully operational.

Ways2H and its shareholder and technology partner, Japan Blue Energy, Co., developed their patented thermochemical process that converts waste at a high temperature into high-quality fuel-grade hydrogen. reports that char, produced as a by-product, is collected and used as fuel with the remaining tail-gas to generate the energy needed for the thermochemical conversion of the waste feedstock, thus self-supplying the energy needed.

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