Sugar Valley Energy (SVE), and STARS Technology Corporation have announced a collaboration agreement to deploy hydrogen production technology at SVE’s sugarcane ethanol biorefinery, bioelectric, biogas and wastewater treatment facility in Imperial Valley, California.
The SVE-STARS agreement envisions the deployment of up to 80 STARS-250 H2 Generators, producing low-cost, renewable hydrogen that meets the new Federal Clean Hydrogen standard. These generators would be installed at SVE’s low-carbon ethanol plant that will produce more than 70 million gallons of low-carbon ethanol each year. The hydrogen generators would also potentially be installed at nearby hydrogen fueling stations.
“We are excited about the potential to partner with STARS Technology Corporation to bring their state-of-the-art hydrogen production technology to our low carbon renewable sugarcane ethanol and power project,” said Dave Rubenstein, President and CEO of CE+P. “This collaboration aligns with our commitment to sustainable energy solutions and will revolutionize the production and utilization of clean hydrogen.”
“This collaboration between SVE and STARS represents a significant milestone in advancing clean energy solutions and propelling sustainable development in Imperial Valley and beyond,” said Robert S. Wegeng, STARS President and Chief Technology Officer.
The biogas created from the waste products of the locally grown sugarcane to ethanol process would provide feedstock to the STARS H2 Generators. Collectively, the 80 STARS-250 H2 Generators can produce up to 20,000 kilograms of clean hydrogen per day, the equivalent to the typical daily fueling needs of more than 30,000 fuel cell light-duty passenger vehicles or more than 500 hydrogen fuel cell buses.
Biomethane derived from the organic byproducts of ethanol production will be used for on-site hydrogen production using STARS H2 Generators and this hydrogen will fuel the trucks and heavy equipment involved in sugarcane cultivation. Onsite hydrogen production will also enable the on-site production of ammonia, supplying SVE with a low-carbon crop fertilizer. In addition, SVE plans to inject a portion of its biomethane into nearby pipelines as renewable natural gas (RNG). This RNG can then be converted into clean hydrogen using distributed STARS H2 Generators at filling stations throughout the region.
The collaboration between SVE and STARS can establish an unprecedented agricultural-energy cycle where virtually all energy and materials produced by SVE will be converted into high-value products for use within the region while creating long term stability for growers and clean energy jobs.