Wildfire Energy is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $1 million Accelerating Commercialisation grant from AusIndustry's Entrepreneurs Programme within the Australian Federal Government's Department of Industry, Science and Resources.
The grant funding will be used to further develop Wildfire's leading MIHG (Moving Injection Horizontal Gasification) climate mitigation technology for converting biomass and residual wastes into higher value products. In particular the funds will be used to support the following activities:
produce clean hydrogen from the MIHG pilot plant
complete concept design and engineering for the first commercial MIHG project, the Bulwer Island Energy and Hydrogen Recovery Project (Project Proton)
progress environmental and development permit applications for Project Proton
accelerate business development and identification of a series of future projects using the MIHG technology
speed up Wildfire's plan to commercialise the MIHG technology
The successful award of the Accelerating Commercialisation grant follows on from a grant and successful collaboration working with the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII), Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) and CSIRO. Wildfire is currently completing installation of the hydrogen separation equipment in its MIHG pilot plant and expects to demonstrate the conversion of farm crop residues, such as wheat straw, into green hydrogen which is suitable for ammonia synthesis in the coming months.
Hydrogen pressure swing adsorption unit being installed at the MIHG pilot plant. Commissioning is set for June 2023.
“Wildfire is excited to have been awarded this funding and looks forward to further accelerating our technology and business development activities with the support of the Australian federal government. This grant funding is further recognition of the potential of our MIHG technology to deliver meaningful outcomes in regards to climate mitigation, decarbonising and realisation of the circular economy.”, said Greg Perkins, Co-founder and CEO of Wildfire Energy.
Wildfire Energy is particularly grateful to Dr Larry Weng, an expert commercialisation facilitator who advised and supported the company through the application and assessment process.