Catagen gets UK funding to advance bio-hydrogen reactor

Biobased Hydrogen

United Kingdom – Catagen, a Belfast-based firm, secures significant funding from the UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) to develop a bio-hydrogen reactor that converts sustainable biomass and biomass waste into hydrogen.

¸¸The bio-hydrogen technology promises a cost-effective and rapid production process, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by utilizing bio-CO2. With a full-scale demonstrator planned for 2025, this innovation aligns with the UK’s hydrogen BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) technology initiative to accelerate low-carbon hydrogen production. Catagen’s breakthrough paves the way for cleaner energy solutions, helping to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors and propel the transition to a sustainable future.

Catagen, a Belfast firm, is at the forefront of advancing hydrogen technology with its revolutionary bio-hydrogen reactor. The recently secured £4.9 million funding from the UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero marks a significant milestone in the development of sustainable hydrogen production.

The bio-hydrogen reactor utilizes sustainable biomass and biomass waste as its feedstock, avoiding competition with food crops. This approach aligns with the goal of producing low-carbon hydrogen while minimizing environmental impact.

Jobs creation

Catagen’s technology promises a more efficient and cost-effective process for hydrogen production compared to traditional methods. Its innovative reactor enables faster time-to-market and a lower initial capital investment, contributing to the swift adoption of hydrogen as an alternative fuel source.

Hydrogen from renewable sources plays a crucial role in decarbonizing various industries, including heavy-duty transportation, aviation, and marine. Catagen’s bio-hydrogen reactor provides a scalable and viable solution to replace fossil fuels in hard-to-abate sectors.

The funding will not only accelerate technology development but also create new high-skilled green jobs in the region. Catagenis expected to expand its team by at least 50% over the next two years, contributing to economic growth and sustainability.

Catagen’s bio-hydrogen reactor is part of its ClimaHtech portfolio, aiming to clean and decarbonize the air. With the firm’s expertise in emissions data for the automotive industry, it demonstrates a commitment to drive innovation and sustainability.