The City is exploring biochar and green hydrogen as part of its decarbonization strategy. Biochar is a charcoal-like substance made by burning organic material from agricultural and forestry wastes. It is produced using a specific process to reduce contamination and safely store carbon. Green hydrogen is a controversial decarbonization strategy. It is a potential solution for decarbonizing heavy industry, long haul freight, shipping, and aviation.
Carbon Neutral Hydrogen had two sub-goals. The first was to produce biochar and hydrogen using food scraps and sludge from wastewater treatment. The City no longer sees a viable market for the product and will likely remove it from the plan. We will be asking the City what will replace this in the plan. The second sub-goal is to pilot a hydrogen energy project to fuel TCAT electric buses. Initial planning includes a potential location, and partial funding has been secured.