Mote Enters Advanced Stage of Engineering Design for Southern California Carbon-Negative Hydrogen Facility

  • Company completes milestone preliminary design phase with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Fluor to validate technology in mission to convert wood waste to hydrogen
  • Mote pushes closer to breaking ground on its first plant in Kern County, California
  • Company also secures enough feedstock to supply the production of hydrogen at its first facility and accommodate future sites as part of its growth strategy

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With carbon removal now regarded as a critical tool in the fight against climate change, Mote, a carbon capture and clean hydrogen startup, announced the successful finish of a key engineering analysis to de-risk technology for its future Kern County, California facility. Mote engaged Fluor, an industry leading EPC firm, to execute Front-End Loading 2 (FEL-2), a preliminary design phase. Top design priorities were focused on driving for more energy efficiency in the hydrogen production process while reducing carbon intensity and lowering overall costs to build and operate. The completion of this milestone provides Mote with commercial validation and allows the company to move forward with facility planning and technology integration, which utilizes wood waste from farms, forestry, and other resources, and converts it into hydrogen. Mote has also secured commitments for over 450 thousand tons of feedstock for its hydrogen production — more than enough to supply production at its first facility.

Mote’s integration of proven equipment in a novel process establishes the carbon removal and clean energy generation facility as a first-of-a-kind model for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The focus on carbon removal and storage sets Mote’s technology apart from other clean hydrogen projects. This facility will maximize energy efficiency and scalability to achieve carbon reduction at a lower cost than current methods of carbon removal. From just one location, Mote expects to produce approximately seven million kilograms of carbon-negative hydrogen and remove 140,000 metric tons of CO2 from the air annually.

“Mote’s technology presents an amazing opportunity to solve multiple problems at once by removing carbon from the air, producing clean energy, and using wastes to improve air quality. Completing this engineering phase gives confidence that our technology is ready to deploy with low risk,” says Dr. Joshuah Stolaroff, Chief Technology Officer of Mote. “The solutions we developed during the last engineering phase will allow us to build more efficient and economic facilities, which helps commercially move us toward operations. We need to scale these things quickly to meet the enormous global challenge.”

Mote aims to begin construction on its Kern County plant next year and be fully operational by 2025. Later this year, Mote will start the research and planning phases for other locations as the company expands. For more information on Mote and its upcoming projects, please visit

About Mote

Mote is a technology and engineering company that makes clean hydrogen from wood waste while capturing carbon from the air, which fights climate change, improves air quality, and reduces wildfires. Mote uses gasification, carbon capture, and proprietary process design to convert wood waste into hydrogen for sale and CO2 for storage. Our carbon removal is safe, additive, and permanent, keeping carbon out of the atmosphere for thousands of years. The world generates billions of tons of wood waste every year, and Mote has the best solution for it. For more information about Mote, visit or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.


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