How Waste-to-Hydrogen Technology is Scaling to Supply Fuel-Cell Vehicles, Power Generationand Other Applications
Jean-Louis Kindler, CEO, Ways2H
New technology that converts municipal solid waste, forest and ag waste, unrecyclable plastics and other refuse into clean hydrogen fuel for transportation and power generation is being deployed at scale and represents a new opportunity for the waste industry to participate in clean energy markets. Jean-Louis will present - alone or with a proposed panel of experts - a case study of a project under development in Oakridge, Oregon that will convert both forest waste from forest thinning activities in the Willamette National Forest and municipal solid waste from the City of Eugene, to produce hydrogen for vehicles traveling up and down the I-5. This first of a series of projects will combine sustainable waste disposal, clean hydrogen production, economic development and the creation of new jobs to an area where the median household income is less than $33,000, well below the national average. The Oregon projects, one of several under development in the U.S. and around the world, will use the same technology as a project recently completed in Tokyo that will use sewage sludge and MSW as feedstock. The Oregon facility will convert 24-48 tons a waste per day to produce 1.5 tons per day of hydrogen, to supply fueling stations along I-5 and State Route 58. Jean-Louis' proposed panel includes officials from Oakridge, the State of Oregon, the US Forest Service, academia and a hydrogen fuel supplier. A detailed list of panelists can be provided.
Jean-Louis Kindler is CEO of Ways2H, a leading commercial provider of facilities that convert waste into clean hydrogen for mobility 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 Co. 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. Before this, 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 has also 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, where he helped build the first version of Japan Blue Energy’s waste-to-hydrogen commercial unit. He has a Master’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from the Institute of Political Studies (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lyon) in Lyon, France, and an MBA in International Management from the ISG Business School (Institut Supérieur de Gestion) in Paris.