BioH2 Umwelt Helps Shape a Sustainable Future with Green Hydrogen and Biopolymers
The planet undergoes a lot of inevitable change. The population has inevitably tripled within the past decade, and the Earth needs resolutions to feed and sustain eight billion people. We can no longer afford to use our resources as inefficiently as the current norm is. The unprecedented, human-made climate changes are becoming increasingly accurate. While carbon-capturing solutions exist, none of them seems to be cost-effective and sustainable at this point.
Over millennia, biomass growth has balanced out the continually rising temperature and removes carbon from the atmosphere. Natural occurrences, such as volcanic eruptions, have encouraged biomass growth and often temporarily remove particles and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, these happen once after years, yet humanity is ever-growing. It is continuously eroding the planet’s resources at a continually accelerating pace. We can rely on accelerating biomass cell regeneration speed, yet natural processes are insufficient nowadays versus consumption. Trees, for instance, neutralize carbon by photosynthesis, but they are slow-growing. Plus, the amount of the neutralized carbon is incomparable to its production nowadays. Therefore, diversified biomass sources are needed to stop being utterly reliant on aquatic and land-based plants.
BioH2 Umwelt, a German-based green hydrogen startup operating under Robert Boyle Institute, disrupts the production of green hydrogen and usage of biopolymer solutions in the cleantech industry. The startup combines green hydrogen and biopolymer solutions as an integrated carbon capture system and energy generation. After 15 years of research and tests, BioH2 Umwelt will be releasing this effective technology solution to the global market commercially. The technology optimizes bio-based carbon storage in recyclable products, designed for long-term usage while converting liquid phase into green hydrogen.
Additionally, BioH2 Umwelt has been working on simple, scalable solutions to create biomass-based polymers to replace plastics ever since 2006. These fully recyclable bioproducts are usable as car seats, plates, molding manufacturers, and many other applications. Founder and engineer Olaf Luschnig has received numerous awards and grants from the government for this achievement over the years. He leads the company to progress further; by incorporating all the benefits of biomass and biopolymers while utilizing them effectively.
“We are lucky to have the German government understanding the importance of integrated bio-economy processes,” Luschnig said, “This helps us to gain funds for research, which has been going on for 15 years.”
As for the method, Luschnig explained that their processes nowadays use both solid and liquid hydrogen states. The state is optimized for the fermentation process, which produces both methane and hydrogen. These elements will later store the energy required for power processing while converting these biomasses into a chemically stable form for everyday use, such as bio-resin-made plates or packaging.
He said, “BioH2 Umwelt’s technology is ready for scalable global deployment, and it will soon create a progressive impact to many parts of the world.”
BioH2 Umwelt has collaborated with German government-backed EX Venture to build a sustainable green hydrogen solution for the future.
“We have the perfect storm in a good way,” EX Venture’s CEO Julien Uhlig commented, “The time has come for us now to focus on replacing plastics with biopolymers.”
BioH2 Umwelt is a bioplastic and green hydrogen leader. Combining the two investors whose target subjects are clean technology will help leverage their profile in the industry. Hydrogen has a vast potential to be an early adopter and create new, movable and financeable systems compatible with global scales.
“We need to target biomass as a resource for waste,” Uhlig says, “To get that, we need a massive supply of fast-growing biomass from underwater plants, like seaweed, which grows quite quickly, every 45 days.”
Uhlig also added that the combination of carbon credits, energy, food preparations, and bioplastics productions enable a scalable business case. It can start with small, retrofitting biogas plants, for instance, along with large, standalone systems to produce green hydrogen and bioplastic sources right onsite.
BioH2 Umwelt and Luschnig will be offering their solutions in EX Venture’s project in open ocean seaweed farming in Bali’s Nusa Lembongan. Their green hydrogen solution will utilize electrolysis to derive hydrogen by using water in the process and releasing water as an emission. The result of this process is electricity and power used to operate the automated farming machine. The project will be called Ocean Farming, in which BioH2 Umwelt will collaborate with other startups to optimize the farm’s efficiency. The farming method improves seaweed production and much fewer hours in harvesting. It would sit 500 meters away from shallow waters, in contrast to the current farms around the beach’s seafloors. Farmers would plant the seeds on the ropes installed as deep as 30m to 40m, and it would grow using the support of automated technology developed for this purpose. The machine would sit on the water’s surface.
BioH2 Umwelt will take part in EX Venture’s Ocean Farming initiative to win the new XPrize. The competition itself is funded by Elon Musk, who has been continuously looking for scalable carbon storage technologies and solutions.