In a landmark collaboration, Alps EcoScience UK Limited and Ixora Energy are poised to transform the landscape of the UK’s renewable energy sector through the commercialisation of biohydrogen production. The strategic partnership brings together Alps’ cutting-edge Smash Biohydrogen Technology and Ixora’s forward-thinking approach to sustainable energy innovation. The inaugural installation of this revolutionary technology is taking place at Ixora’s biogas plant at Frogmary Green Farm in South Petherton, UK.

Alps EcoScience has been a trailblazer in sustainable waste management and renewable energy solutions, specialising in state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion technology. On the other hand, Ixora Energy, under the direction of the Darren Stockley and Mark Voss, has been at the forefront of innovations in the biogas industry, collaborating widely and exploring new frontiers in renewable energy generation.

 

The SMASH Biohydrogen Technology

At the heart of this collaboration lies the SMASH Biohydrogen Technology, a pioneering solution developed by Alps EcoScience. This cutting-edge technology harnesses the power of dark fermentation in anaerobic digestion systems, facilitating the production of biohydrogen from organic waste. The process involves the separation of hydrogen from the biogas stream, creating a sustainable and clean energy source. The technology by ALPS after winning a DESNZ H2BECCS competition grant in 2022.

Dark fermentation, a microbial process, occurs in the absence of light and oxygen. It initiates the breakdown of organic compounds into simpler substances, releasing hydrogen as a byproduct. The Smash technology optimises this process within existing anaerobic digestion infrastructure, allowing for the seamless integration of biohydrogen production into established biogas plants.

 

Advantages for the Biogas Industry

The incorporation of SMASH Biohydrogen Technology into biogas plants offers multifaceted advantages to the biogas industry. Firstly, it optimises the use of organic waste, maximizing the potential for renewable energy generation. Biohydrogen produced through this process can be used as a clean fuel for various applications, including transportation and industrial processes.

Secondly, the collaboration between Alps EcoScience and Ixora Energy extends beyond conventional biogas production. It introduces a new operating model for the industry, where biohydrogen and ammonia sulphate production become integral components of the renewable energy ecosystem. This diversification not only ensures a more resilient energy portfolio but also opens doors to emerging markets in sustainable transportation and agriculture.

 

The First Installation at Frogmary Green Farm

Ixora Energy’s biogas plant at Frogmary Green Farm in South Petherton, UK, serves as the inaugural site for the installation of Alps’ SMASH Biohydrogen Technology. This strategic choice reflects the commitment of both companies to showcase the practical application of this ground-breaking technology in a real-world setting.

Mark Voss, the driving force behind the project and a champion of innovation, has been instrumental in steering Ixora Energy towards sustainable and efficient practices in the biogas industry. Under his leadership, Ixora has become a pioneer in embracing cutting-edge technologies to enhance energy production while maintaining a strong focus on environmental sustainability.

 

A Three-Year Journey of Innovation

The collaboration between Alps EcoScience and Ixora Energy is the result of a three-year journey of collaboration on various innovation projects. The longstanding partnership has allowed both companies to leverage their combined expertise and resources, leading to the development and refinement of the SMASH Biohydrogen Technology.

 

Biohydrogen and Ammonia Sulphate: A Sustainable Future

The collaboration does not stop at biohydrogen production alone. By extending their production capabilities into ammonia sulphate, a valuable fertilizer, the partnership is addressing the demand for sustainable solutions in agriculture. This move aligns with global efforts to reduce dependence on artificial fertilisers, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to food production.

 

Conclusion: Paving the Way for a Greener Future

Alps EcoScience UK Limited and Ixora Energy’s collaboration is an example of continual innovation in the renewable energy sector. The integration of SMASH Biohydrogen Technology into Ixora’s biogas plant is a pivotal moment. Demonstrating the commercialisation of DESNZ incubated R&D and showcasing the wider potential of the biogas industry and anaerobic digestion technology to contribute to green transition and the Net Zero targets.

This strategic partnership not only showcases the potential of biohydrogen production but also sets the stage for a more resilient and adaptable biogas industry.