Hydrogen tech company H2SITE and Gold Hydrogen signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a natural hydrogen pilot plant on the Yorke Peninsula, south Australia, according to a Nov. 26 press release.

The project represents a step forward in the natural hydrogen space, with one of the first wells showcasing unprecedented levels of H2 concentration, the release stated.

According to the release, white, natural or geologic hydrogen is naturally produced in the Earth’s crust as a source of energy without a carbon footprint. Although it holds great decarbonization potential by reducing hydrogen costs, the technology requires development.

Utilizing H2SITE’s advanced membrane separation technology, the plant aims to recover over 95% of the available hydrogen while separating co-products such as helium.

“The collaboration with Gold Hydrogen underscores our shared commitment to the natural hydrogen market growth,” said Andres Galnares, CEO of H2SITE. “H2SITE is thrilled to contribute with its membrane separation technology, enabling sustainable and cost-efficient hydrogen production.” 

H2SITE also announced on Nov. 24 the development of a new method for the company to produce hydrogen for power—an ammonia cracker to be used aboard ships. The ammonia cracking process involves purification to remove any traces of ammonia to deliver high-purity hydrogen to fuel cells.  

The technology will first be used on the Bertha B, a supply ship sailing off the Gulf of Biscay.