Yosemite Clean Energy secures first biofuels and RNG plant site

Yosemite Clean Energy

Yosemite Clean Energy, leading biofuels and renewable energy producer, announced this Thursday it secured the site for its first production plant. The plant, located in Oroville, California, will produce green hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG).

Firstly, Yosemite expects to break ground on the project around the second quarter of 2022. The facility will use top-notch gasification technology to produce carbon-negative green fuels. Repotec will deploy such technology.

As a result, the Oroville plant will be the flagship dual-bed gasification facility in the Americas, following over 100,000 hours of commercial run-time across developed plants in Europe, Japan, and South Korea.

Particularly, the plant will transform woody biomass to produce synthetic gas. Yosemite will use downstream technology already widely commercialized in the US to turn that syngas into green hydrogen and RNG.

Moreover, these-carbon negative fuels will support California’s bold emission targets as it transitions to a carbon-neutral economy. In fact, Yosemite Clean Energy will seize a great opportunity in the region, as California has an estimated 35 million tons of waste woody biomass available annually.

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Yosemite Clean Energy to have biomass energy plants across North America

Currently, all of that biomass burns, decays, and decomposes, emitting immense amounts of greenhouse gases and black carbon. According to the statement, the site could host several production plants. The first of those will produce approximately 31,000 kg per day of RNG and 12,200 kg per day of green hydrogen.

About the matter, Tom Hobby, the company’s president, stated. “Yosemite and our team of engineers, forest and farm professionals, legal, marketing, and financial teams will lead the company to become the first wood waste biomass plant to produce commercial-scale carbon-negative green hydrogen and RNG for the California fuel markets.”

Furthermore, over the next 10 years, Yosemite plans to have biomass energy plants across California and North America.

Finally, the plants will have a unique ownership approach; each plant will be locally owned by farmers and forest landowners. In return, they will provide wood waste gathered at the end of the orchard’s lifecycle or through sustainable forest management.

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