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The world’s very first “Hydrogen Hotel”



As marine pollution becomes a global issue, the public and private sectors are making progress to combat this problem. In Japan, Toshiba is using its advancements in hydrogen energy in an innovative ‘Hydrogen Hotel’ project, to help Kawasaki City overcome the city’s pollution problem.

Recycling process of waste plastics
Takahiko Abe, Specialist, System Design Department, Hydrogen Energy Business Division, Toshiba Energy Systes & Solutions Corporation
Left: Plastic recycle plant in Showa Denko Kawasaki Right: The pure hydrogen fuel cell system “H2Rex(TM)” that was implemented at the Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu REI Hotel
Takuya Suzuki, Specialist, Business Development Department, Hydrogen Energy Business Division, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation

The world’s very first “Hydrogen Hotel”

Opened in June 1, 2018, the hydrogen hotel in Kawasaki City is an innovative project, where the hotel creates hydrogen from waste plastics to supply about 30% of the energy the hotel needs. In the first year after its opening, the hotel ran a test in which it recycles even the amenities used in the hotel rooms (toothbrushes, hair combs) as feedstocks for hydrogen production.

Headquartered in Kawasaki City, and having researched fuel cell technologies since the 1960s, Toshiba has developed a product called “H2Rex™”, a pure hydrogen fuel cell system that converts hydrogen to heat and electric power without producing CO2. At the time of the project, Toshiba had already implemented the system in more than 100 sites, including supermarkets and convenience stores.

The project required the linkage of each step in the supply chain, from the waste plastics to the hotel, one by one. The important thing was figuring out how to connect this hydrogen supply chain within Kawasaki City.

By connecting the hotel to the hydrogen pipeline, it enables for the high-volume, stable supply of hydrogen, and also helps make the process more low-carbon, since the delivery will not produce any CO2 emissions. The entire supply chain would produce approximately 80% less CO2 emissions than the use of existing energy sources.

The disposal of waste plastics is a social issue not just in Japan, but in areas throughout the world. Toshiba aims to use the knowledge gained from the hydrogen hotel project and provide it as a global solution in the future.

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Green Tech Startup Ecoinno Raises $6 Million in Series A1 Funding from Alibaba Entrepreneurs Funds



Hong Kong-based green material company, Ecoinno (H.K.) Limited. , focused on providing alternatives to single-use plastics, today announced the closing of a US$6 million Series A1 funding from the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund and Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund II.

Ecoinno will utilise these funds to begin industrial-scale production of its proprietary Green Composite Material™ (GCM™) and to strengthen its material research and engineering platform to help meet pressing consumer packaging needs, driven by tightening regulatory requirements globally, as well as increasing consumer green awareness.

Ecoinno is co-founded by CEO Mr George Chen Dah Ren and COO Ms Vivian Chang, incubated within the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP), and sustained with significant grant funding from the Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC).

Ecoinno was also awarded as one of the Top Five Winners, and the only finalist in the Smart City Cleantech segment, at the Alibaba JUMPSTARTER Global Pitch Competition 2020.

“This new funding puts us solidly on the first step towards realising our vision of creating a sustainable, circular economy by delivering GCM™ products to our environmentally- focused clients,” said George Chen Dah Ren, co-founder and CEO of Ecoinno. “We are thrilled to have both Alibaba Entrepreneurs Funds coming on board in our first institutional round, to help take the company forward. We are also very grateful to our long-standing benefactors, especially the HKSTP and the ITC”.

Ecoinno has developed a patented Green Composite Material™ (GCM™) and related processes, based 100% purely on NATURAL PLANT FIBRES – the most abundant, renewable, and naturally occurring polymer on earth. By repositioning nature’s plant fibres, GCM™ harnesses the remarkable natural attributes of plant fibres, notably: 1. 100% biodegradable in the natural environment within 75 days; 2. extreme temperature tolerance (allowing freezing and oven reheating); 3. Three times stronger than plastic and bioplastic in tensile strength; 4. Impermeable to Oxygen (extremely low transmission rate, on par with even metal); 5. Water and Oil-resistance, and most importantly, 6. Toxic free (passed FDA test).

“We were won over by the vision and passion of George, Vivian and their team, to tackle single-use plastics pollution – one of the most pressing environmental challenges globally today. We believe that the functional and commercial attributes of Ecoinno’s GCMproducts represents a paradigm shift in the Movement to Rethink Plastics,” said Mr Edward Liu, Partner of WI Harper Group, manager of Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund II. “We are proud and excited to be Ecoinno’s partners at this early stage of development.”

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