About our solution
Our mission is to bring clean air and energy to future generations by solving the world’s waste problem. We can stop using fossil fuels, but we cannot stop taking care of waste. In doing that properly we solve an environment problem, an energy problem and a climate problem – and our first milestone is 1 million tons of Responsible Hydrogen by 2030.
Boson Energy fundamentally changes the way we look at waste by recycling otherwise non-recyclable waste and biomass into clean carbon-negative Hydrogen that is cost competitive and produced locally.
We can recycle most wastes into Hydrogen with high efficiency (municipal solid waste, recycling refuse, medical waste and other hazardous solid wastes). This carbon-negative Hydrogen can be supplied for direct local use as Hydrogen in industry or transportation as well as for Hydrogen-powered speed charging of electric vehicles – with an availability and cost that can compete with diesel today.
We have 10 projects in various stages of development that have been included in the European Commission and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance’s project pipeline. Out of those two a biomass projects and the remainder waste projects. Mostly non-recyclable waste (recycling refuse and municipal solid waste) that are being diverted from incineration or landfilling. The end use of the Hydrogen in this projects will be for mobility (Direct Hydrogen or Hydrogen-powered speed charging), industrial heat (replacing natural gas), or industrial projects where the chemical properties of Hydrogen are required (fossil-free steel making etc.). We are rolling these projects out together with our global execution partners.
No, not at this point, but to get an idea for the impact-potential, the 160-180 thousand tons of waste that is currently burned every year in Luxembourg does represent a Hydrogen potential or 16-18 thousand tons of carbon-negative Hydrogen. As 1 ton of waste can ‘fuel’ 1 zero-emission car for 1 year or 1000km of bus/truck and avoid 2.5 tons of CO2 emissions at system level; you can easily conclude that we could put the equivalent of 160-180 thousand zero-emission cars on Luxembourg roads.
Yes, we are currently focused on Europe, with projects in development in e.g. Germany, Poland, Norway, Sweden and Spain. We were also the first solid waste technology to pass the Environmental Technology Valuation process of the National Mission for Clean Ganges in India and we are evaluating sites and partners in India. We also have some project activity in the US and interest from all over the world. What is unique with our distributed approach to produce Hydrogen with small standardised plants treating 35 thousand tons of waste per year is that the business case is viable pretty much anywhere – and can ultimately build local autonomy, energy security and local prosperity in all markets regardless their levels of economic development.
The interest of SIF label
To Boson Energy, the label perfectly matches our view that you need to combine ‘ecology and economy’ for something to be sustainable and have a right to exist in the market. We believe that the only way to do that is to be efficient in all senses of the word – including at system level. The label has established a credibility with that message and its rigorous qualification process. So far the focus has been more on building the database of solutions but we are already seeing traction for ourselves coming from the various SIF initiatives to promote solutions.
As a result of a SIF event organised together with the European Investment Bank (EIB), we have started working with the EIB in a European Commission funded program called NER300. We have engaged in a few investor discussions resulting from that event as well. We have been able to participate at various events with SIF discounts. As a Founding Member of the Alliance we were also invited to present ourselves at the SIF launch at the COP21 in Köln even if we did not have a label at the time.
We received the label only on the third attempt so it took quite a bit of work. We have a fairly complex industrial cleantech technology and there are some well-known failures in our industry, which certainly didn’t make it easier to convince the experts. For context, there were only three waste gasification technologies labelled globally when we received the label in May 2021. I can see that it can also be more straightforward for other solutions in more wide-spread domains and applications. The difficult part is rather to come up with a technology and turn it into a solution with a strong business case – to match the ‘ecology AND economy’ criteria. If you are able to do that you should also be able to get a label. Needless to say, we would always prefer a credible label that is hard to get over one that is not.