MHI Invests in C-Zero
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today announced that it has invested in C-Zero, a hard tech startup located in Santa Barbara, Calif., to accelerate the first commercial-scale deployment of C-Zero’s drop-in decarbonization technology, which will allow industrial natural gas consumers to avoid producing CO2 in applications like electrical generation, process heating and the production of commodity chemicals like hydrogen and ammonia. The investment has been executed through Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
C-Zeros technology uses innovative thermocatalysis to split methane the primary molecule in natural gas into hydrogen and solid carbon in a process known as methane pyrolysis. The hydrogen can be used to help decarbonize a wide array of existing applications, including hydrogen production for fuel cell vehicles, while the carbon can be permanently sequestered. When renewable natural gas is used as the feedstock, C-Zero’s technology can even be carbon negative, effectively extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and permanently storing it in the form of high-density solid carbon.
With the investment, MHI continues to strengthen and diversify the hydrogen value chain, advancing both strategic initiatives for its energy transition business and its commitment to making continued progress toward global carbon neutrality goals. MHI joins a consortium of investors, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Eni Next and AP Ventures.
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