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Metacon receives CE marking of HHG 50 to produce green H2 from biogas

Metacon, through its subsidiary Helbio, has received approved CE marking of its H2 generator HHG 50 for the production of ca 50 Nm3 of H2/hr. The CE mark is an important step in the development of our core technology for our compact reformers. This type of unit is intended for Metacon’s demonstration plant in Kempten in southern Germany, where preparations for the upcoming installation are ongoing.

The CE mark proves and ensures that our technology and design comply with EU product safety requirements. This means that with the application of the corresponding design and execution, we will be able to obtain corresponding certifications for our other product families that are under development.

The fact that our products comply with the EU’s standards and regulations for product safety is a prerequisite for being able to put the products on the market and allows us to sell them throughout the EU. The CE marking means that we have received a Certificate of Conformity for the fuel processor from an EU-accredited certification body, in this case, EuroCert, according to the applicable EU directives and standards for the parts that require special notification.

The next step is to prepare corresponding certifications for our larger commercial H2 generator HHG 250, which will be able to produce close to 300 Nm3 of fossil-free H2/hr (about 25 kg), equivalent to about 200 tpy of H2 in continuous operation. Or to illustrate with a practical example: enough H2 for more than 1,500 H2 cars to drive more than 15,000 km each in a year. The production of the first complete HHG 250 can begin as soon as our new factory in Patras, Greece, is fully completed. At a refueling price of €10/kg, an HHG 250 can bring in approximately €2 MM/yr to the owner of an HHG-coupled filling station. The deal for a biogas plant that invests in upgrading the biogas to H2 in this way, can thus have a very short payback period and contribute to the biogas plant having a renewed and improved financial situation.

"This is good news that once again shows that our proprietary H2 generators meet the high product safety requirements set out in the EU’s various directives and regulations. Our HHG series shares basic technology with our Combined Heat and Power technology, but lacks equipment for electricity generation (FC), inverters, control technology for heat production and other things that must fit in a compact form factor such as in the H2PS-5. While there certainly are interesting niches for us in CHP, we see significantly greater opportunities for reduced business risks and at the same time larger and more profitable business in H2 production market," said Christer Wikner, CEO & President, Metacon.