Redding Rancheria Tribe to Develop Green Hydrogen Facility - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  February 1, 2024

Redding Rancheria Tribe to Develop Green Hydrogen Facility

The Redding Rancheria Tribe announced that a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tribe received a $500,000 grant from the State of California Department of Conservation to assist in the development of a green hydrogen production facility in Red Bluff, California.

The green hydrogen will be used to provide clean fuel for transportation on the I-5 corridor, replacing fossil fuels that emit CO2. It will eventually provide clean electricity, as well.

The Tribe is licensing the technology from H2 Energy Group, a green hydrogen producer.

The hydrogen will be produced utilizing forest biomass from the Sierra Nevada mountains. Removing dead, down, and diseased trees and underbrush from the forest is part of California's state and federal policy to prevent catastrophic forest fires.

The facility will produce over 30,000 kg of clean green hydrogen daily through a process of pyrolysis, meaning it will be deployed in a method that uses a fraction of the electricity required to produce hydrogen by electrolysis and does not require any carbon sequestration. 

 The production facility will assist truck manufacturers with meeting California's zero emissions vehicle policy. 

"Producing hydrogen from excess forest biomass is a win/win for the environment, addressing climate change and destructive forest fires at the same time,” said Tribal member and President of the Redding Rancheria Economic Development Corporation, Jeremy Hayward, in a statement. “We have to do our part to make this world a better place for our kids.  The Tribe is grateful for the State Department of Conservation's assistance, and the support of the City of Red Bluff."

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