Waste to hydrogen plant to be build in Tuscany

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Maire Tecnimont has won a contract from Alia Servizi Ambientali for basic engineering to build a methanol and hydrogen from waste plant in Empoli (Florence) through its subsidiary MyRechemical (NextChem).

This is stated in a note indicating that the transaction will enable the production of the necessary documentation for the start of the authorization process at the Region of Tuscany.

The basic engineering phase, MyRechemical explains, will be completed by the end of the year. Then, once authorized and completed, the plant will process 256 thousand tons per year of non-recyclable waste and produce 125 thousand tons per year of methanol and 1,400 tons per year of hydrogen. “The plant,” it is explained, “will be based on MyRechemical’s chemical conversion technology, which allows for the recovery of waste that cannot be mechanically recycled or other types of unrecyclable dry waste (Secondary Solid Fuel – Css).

The carbon and hydrogen contained in the waste, NextChem explains, are recovered through a chemical conversion process into synthesis gas, which is used to produce methanol and hydrogen with a low carbon footprint. A process that “avoids emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere.” The resulting methanol is used as an alternative fuel for sustainable mobility or as a secondary feedstock in the chemical and manufacturing industries, while the hydrogen can be used in industrial processes to “decarbonize energy-intensive and hard-to-abate industries.”

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