Kore’s demonstration site converts organic waste into carbon-negative hydrogen

Kore Infrastructure welcomed Antonio Villaraigosa, Infrastructure Advisor to California’s Governor Gavin Newsom and the former mayor of Los Angeles, for a visit to its Downtown Los Angeles demonstration plant.

The demonstration facility’s innovative technology diverts organic waste from California landfills and converts it into carbon-negative hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG). Kore’s demonstration facility recently celebrated one year of successful operations at its Los Angeles facility, where it has been able to produce UltraGreen™hydrogen that can be used that can be used by fuel cell electric cars, trucks, buses, and forklifts to decarbonize California transportation.

Kore’s modular system uses a proprietary pyrolysis process, which heats organic waste under high temperatures in a zero-oxygen environment, converting the waste to a blend of gases that could be converted to carbon-negative hydrogen or RNG, along with a solid carbon char that can be used to enhance soil quality or help decarbonize cement and steel production. Kore Infrastructure’s process is designed to meet South Coast AQMD’s ultra-low NOx and particulate emissions standards. The project is supported by and located on a site owned by Southern California Gas.

“Burning fossil fuels is the largest source of CO2 in California,” said Cornelius Shields, Founder, and CEO of Kore Infrastructure. “We’ve created a solution to help take California’s waste and create a Made-in-California carbon-negative energy supply that is ready for scale now.”

In August, the U.S. Department of Transportation outlined $120 million in funding for eight projects through the IIJA Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program to improve and modernize transportation infrastructure. Kore’s technology can play a key role in ensuring that these projects still meet California’s net-zero goals.

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