Plastics-to-Fuels and Fuel Feedstock Opportunities
Jean-Louis Kindler, CEO, Ways2H
New technology that converts unrecyclable plastics and other waste materials into carbon-neutral hydrogen for transportation and power generation presents a new opportunity for waste industry participants to enter the lucrative global clean energy markets. In this presentation, Jean-Louis will provide an overview of a new commercial thermochemical process that converts plastics, MSW and other waste into hydrogen, without incineration or burning of waste. He will discuss details of a first-of-its-kind waste-to-hydrogen facility in Tokyo and new projects under development in California, Oregon, the Caribbean, the UK and other locations around the world. The Caribbean facility will convert 24 tons a day of MSW municipal solid waste into 1.5 metric tons of hydrogen per day, to power a 1.5 megawatt generator and provide hydrogen fuel for vehicles. The project provides a sustainable, carbon-neutral waste processing and disposal option that avoids landfilling, while creating a clean energy resource at a low cost for the community. As global demand for hydrogen grows, with new models of fuel-cell trucks, buses and other vehicles coming out, and the roll out of fuel-cell power generators, waste-to-hydrogen technology is a viable, sustainable way for the waste industry to be part of the global hydrogen supply chain and the circular economy.
Jean-Louis Kindler is CEO of Ways2H, a leading commercial provider of facilities that upcycle waste to produce clean hydrogen for mobility, microgrids and power generation. A veteran of the environmental technology industry who has pioneered award-winning water, waste and renewable energy systems, Jean-Louis and his team are developing projects that transform the world’s worst waste - MSW, plastics, sewage sludge and more - into clean energy. Jean-Louis is also Co-Founder and CEO of cleantech management company Clean Energy Enterprises, which created Ways2H as a joint venture with Japan Blue Energy Corp. Previously, Jean-Louis was president of OriginClear Inc.’s Technology Division, a leading provider of water treatment solutions, where he led commercial development of a breakthrough water treatment technology. Jean-Louis is still a member of OriginClear’s board of directors. Before joining OriginClear, Jean-Louis was co-founder and chief technology officer of Ennesys, an award-winning French biotech company, where he designed an innovative waste-to-energy system and hosted French President François Hollande during a 2013 state visit to the company.
Jean-Louis earlier served as founding CEO of MHS Equipment, a French nanotechnologies equipment manufacturer, where he led the development of a new fuel cell components manufacturing process. Jean-Louis started his 30-year career in the cleantech sector in Japan, as principal of technology incubator Pacific Junction. His work there included technology sourcing for the French industrial group GEC-Alsthom, building the first version of the BLUE Tower waste-to-hydrogen commercial unit, and providing market development for a fluids-mixing technology.