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Tuesday, Jun 6, 2023
Mugglehead Magazine
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PyroGenesis Canada completes integrated cold test for hydrogen purification system

Coke oven gas is a by-product of the process of producing coke from coal in the primary steel industry, and is typically used as a fuel source for heating purposes

Pyro Green Gas extracts 99% pure hydrogen from coke oven gas
Hydrogen extraction and purification machine. Image via Pyro Green Gas.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (NASDAQ: PYR) (TSX: PYR) (FRA: 8PY) subsidiary, Pyro Green-Gas has completed an integrated cold test (ICT) for a previously announced $9.3 million project with one of the world’s top diversified steel producers.

The company has been given the responsibility to provide two solutions for this project. Firstly, it has to provide solutions for purifying coke oven gas. Secondly, it needs to provide hydrogen production processes that can extract hydrogen with a purity level of 99.9 per cent. It accomplished both goals on Wednesday.

An integrated cold test is a type of test conducted on a system or equipment to ensure that it functions properly and meets the necessary requirements before it is put into operation.

During an integrated cold test, the system or equipment is tested under normal operating conditions, but without the use of heat or any other external factor that may influence the test results. This test is typically performed after the individual components of the system or equipment have been tested separately and integrated into a complete system.

The hydrogen extraction technology provided by Pyro Green-Gas enables the client to use a cleaner energy source for their industrial processes such as annealing, galvanizing, and acid recovery, resulting in a reduction of their carbon footprint.

“Our achievement in completing this milestone demonstrates our unwavering commitment to delivering innovative solutions that not only meet the needs of our clients but also contribute to a more sustainable future,” said P. Peter Pascali, CEO and president of PyroGenesis.

Coke-Oven Gas Purification machine. Image via Pyro Green Gas.

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Success of ICT confirms safety of company hydrogen extraction

Pyro Green-Gas specializes in designing and building gas upgrading systems that can convert biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG). It also builds pyrolysis-gas purification, biogas and landfill-gas flares as well as thermal oxidizers, and purification of coke-oven gas (COG) into high purity hydrogen. COG is a by-product in the primary steel industry that is produced when coal is converted into coke.

The successful completion of the ICT confirms that Pyro Green-Gas’ coke oven gas purification and hydrogen extraction processes meet and exceed the necessary safety and operational standards. The demonstration during the ICT assures that all the systems, equipment, and their components are in good condition.

After being fully commissioned, the next target milestone for the project is the completion of the Performance Acceptance Certificate (PAC). The expected completion date for the PAC is before the end of Q3 2023. The parties involved had previously agreed to extend the duration of the project, which was originally expected to be completed before 2023.

The successful completion of the ICT milestone means that the project has reached an important stage and as a result, an aggregate milestone payment of $460,000 will be received in the coming weeks. The remaining balance for the project, which is approximately $920,000, will be earned upon the completion of two final milestones. These milestones are obtaining the Performance Acceptance Certificate (PAC) and completing the post-performance bond.

PyroGenesis shares rose 5.3 per cent to trade at $0.99 on the NASDAQ exchange.


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