Pakistani-led Pilot Plant to Create Hydrogen and Nanomaterials from Landfill Gas

Anaheim, CA: Thinking out of the box, Catalyx Nanotech, led by Pakistani native Juzer Jangbarwala, has launched a pilot plant at a landfill in Southern California that  produces hydrogen and 99% purity nanofibers from landfill gas.  In addition to being 100% green hydrogen from a renewable source, it puts the production of the hydrogen close to where it is needed.

Catalyx Nanotech, Inc., (  announced that their pilot project to convert landfill gas (LFG) to nanofibers has successfully started operating at a closed southern California landfill. Previously, this pilot unit was operating as a production plant in Burnaby , Canada, using natural gas as the feed source and producing 2.0 kg of nanofibers per day.

The pilot project currently operates on a reduced capacity for a single shift each day producing approximately 0.5 Kg of high value Platelet Graphite Nanofibers and 2,000 liters of “green” hydrogen from a completely renewable resource. The materials are not being produced for commercial sale and will be used for extensive analyses and tests for design of large-scale commercial production plants.
The pilot will help determine the operating limits of the proprietary process, which relies on a patented catalyst to selectively crack methane and produce structured graphitic platelet fibers and pure hydrogen, with no other byproducts.

First to Produce Nanofibers from Landfill Gas
While numerous companies claim to have a process to produce carbon nanomaterials from methane, Catalyx Nanotech is believed to be the first to produce the nanomaterials on a large scale from methane, especially from landfill gas. To further distinguish Catalyx Nanotech from nanomaterial competitors, the management has made a conscientious decision to embrace a corporate social responsibility and sustainability attitude and therefore optimize, rather than maximize, profits by using renewable sources of methane, such as landfill gas and biogas, for feed materials.

“Previously, we have operated a commercial-scale nanofiber plant using natural gas as the feed. We wanted to use this ‘downtime’ in the economy to achieve our next milestone of using renewable sources of methane as the feed to produce ‘green’ nanofibers and hydrogen,” stated Mustafa Jangbarwala, Catalyx Nanotech VP of Business Development .“We understand that landfill gas and biogas may end up costing us a bit more than natural gas, but the difference in costs is affordable, and regard for our environment is far more important than capturing that difference,” Mustafa Jangbarwala noted. “We believe corporations need to be responsible in these arenas now, rather than wait for government mandates before they take the steps that will help ensure a healthy environment for future generations.



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