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Quebec-based HPQ Silicon launches technology venture for green hydrogen extraction

Quebec — HPQ Silicon announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with EBH2 Systems SA, (“EBH2”) a Swiss company that possesses a proprietary electrolysis technology that can efficiently extract, from virtually any water source including saltwater, a Clean Hydrogen also called Green Hydrogen that can be used to create low-cost electricity with no environmental impact.

EBH2 SYSTEMS SA DEVELOP A GREEN AND SCALABLE PROCESS TO PRODUCE CLEAN HYDROGEN
EBH2 has filed a provisional patent for its new and novel process to make Green Hydrogen, a process that is scalable and adaptable to numerous applications from various modes of land and sea transport to single home dwellings, district-wide power generation and large-scale industrial applications. EBH2 first successfully tested prototype model has a clean energy production capacity starting at 1 Megawatt of power that can be produced over 7 days from 2 litres of water; sufficient energy to power a typical three (3) bedroom suburban house.

WORKING TOGETHER TO DEVELOP AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE EBH2 SYSTEM TO PRODUCE GREEN SILICON
EBH2 believes it can scale to power the planned high purity silicon and Nano silicon production by HPQ. If successful, HPQ proposes to bundle the energy production capability of EBH2 systems with its silicon production to further reduce the environmental footprint of its developing high purity silicon, nano powders, and other Renewable Energy products. Under the Agreement, HPQ can acquire a perpetual worldwide license to sell or deploy the bundled HPQ Technologies – EBH2 generator-based systems anywhere in the world.

COMBINING FORCES TO ESTABLISH A NORTH AMERICAN EBH2 GENERATOR SALES CAPABILITY
The Agreement establishes the terms of the creation of a new Joint venture Company (“NEWCO”) owned by HPQ and EBH2 that will market, sell and service EBH2 systems and products in North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States). The potential cost and GHG reduction benefits of the EBH2 first commercial size model are huge plus the units could readily replace solar panels or standby generators for homeowners. The global standby generator market is anticipated to grow by 4.9% CAGR between 2021 and 2025, attaining US$ 1.3 billion by 2025. North America has the largest market share at 33.87% in 2019, a market expected to grow with a CAGR of 3.7% to 2025.

US DOE PUSHING FOR A REDUCTION IN CLEAN HYDROGEN PRODUCTION COST TO US$1 PER KILOGRAM To encourage new and creative solutions to bolster clean energy production, the U.S. Department of Energy has just launched what is described as an ambitious Hydrogen Earthshot Program aimed at reducing the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade (by 2030).

EBH2 SYSTEMS PRODUCE CLEAN HYDROGEN FOR LESS THAN US$ 1 PER KILOGRAM
Currently, production of Clean Hydrogen from renewable energies (Green Hydrogen), costs about US$5 per kilogram, giving Clean Hydrogen a cost disadvantage compared to hydrogen produced using fossil fuels (Grey and Blue Hydrogen) which have a US$1 per kilogram cost. EBH2 is confident its cost per kilogram to produce its Clean Hydrogen is less than US$1, indicating that the EBH2 module already surpasses the Hydrogen Earthshot program goals and is cost-competitive compared to fossil fuels base hydrogen.

“HPQ has been at the forefront of Silicon innovation development since 2015, yet the fact remains that converting quartz into silicon is a highly energy-intensive process. EBH2 Systems SA, with their unique process to extract hydrogen from water to generate cheap green energy present HPQ with one of these games changing synergetic opportunities that we simply could not overlook,” said Bernard Tourillon, President and CEO of HPQ Silicon. “When EBH2 demonstrates that the system can do what they say it will, HPQ will be incredibly well-positioned to reduce the cost and environmental footprint of making its silicon materials all the while opening up new, and massive addressable markets for a system that can produce cheaply green hydrogen, on-demand.”

ABOUT GREEN HYDROGEN
According to Haim Israel, head of Thematic Investing Strategy at BofA Global Research and lead author of its 103-page primer on hydrogen, this time the excitement is justified. “We think we’re reaching an inflection point where green hydrogen could supply our energy needs, fuel our cars, heat our homes and be used in industries that have no economically viable alternative to fossil fuels,” he says. “Together with renewable electricity, green hydrogen gives us a shot at attaining a zero-carbon-emission global economy by 2050.”

Green hydrogen could provide up to 24% of our energy needs by 2050, helping to cut emissions by around a third. In doing so, the transition to green hydrogen could provide $11 trillion of infrastructure investment opportunities over the next 30 years and direct annual revenues of $2.5 trillion.

According to the latest Hydrogen Insights Updates from the Hydrogen Council in collaboration with McKinsey & Company. the deployment of hydrogen projects has seen significant momentum as the technology is being considered a major factor in the clean energy transition. In that regard, and as of February 2021, over 131 large-scale Hydrogen projects have been announced, bringing the current project pipeline to 359 with investment along the value chain coming to an estimated $500 billion through 2030.

To date, ninety countries, comprising 80% of the world’s GDP, now have commitments to meet net-zero emissions in the coming decades, and more than 30 countries have hydrogen-growth strategies. Favourable government commitments to fostering hydrogen innovation combined with concerns over greenhouse gas emissions are expected to continue to drive the demand for hydrogen, specifically green hydrogen, forward.

SALIENT POINTS OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN HPQ AND EBH2:

  1. The transaction is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approvals.
  2. HPQ will be granted by EBH2 a perpetual worldwide license to sell products where EBH2 generators are incorporated into all HPQ Technologies if the EBH2 generators are used exclusively to autonomously power HPQ Technology or HPQ Technologies. (“The HPQ-EBH2 Bundle License”).
  3. HPQ and EBH2 agree to establish a new 50/50 joint enterprise (NEWCO) that will be responsible to market, sell and service EBH2 systems and products in North America. NEWCO will be granted by EBH2 a perpetual exclusive licence to market, sell and service EBH2 systems and products in North America. (Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America). HPQ will set up NEWCO as a Canadian corporation, with both HPQ and EBH2 having fifty percent (50%) shareholding.
  4. OPTION TO ACQUIRE HPQ EQUITY STAKE IN NEWCO. HPQ agrees that starting 5 years, but not exceeding 10 years, from the date of the receipt of the first Commercial shipment of EBH2 systems ready for sales in North America by NEWCO, EBH2 can at any time and at its sole discretion, elect to buy HPQ equity stake in NEWCO by exchanging HPQ Equity stake in NEWCO for a perpetual eight percent (8%) royalty, on the gross sales of NEWCO (“HPQ ROYALTY”), royalty that shall be paid monthly, the 15th day of each month for the gross sales made in the previous month.
  5. ACQUISITION COST. HPQ agrees to pay EBH2 the HPQ-EBH2 Bundle License in accordance with the payment schedule and terms set forth below:
    • HPQ will make a cash payment to EBH2 of Five Hundred Thousand US dollars (US$ 500,000) (“The Cash Component of the transaction”),
    • HPQ will issue to EBH2 of 10,000,000 units (“Unit”) at a price of C$0.70 Per Unit. (“The Equity Component of the transaction”). Each Unit is comprised of one (1) common share and one (1) common share purchase warrant (“Warrant”) of HPQ. Each Warrant will entitle EBH2 to purchase one common share of the capital stock of HPQ at an exercise price of $ 0.75 for a period of 36 months from the date of closing of the Transaction. Each common share issued pursuant to the Units will have a mandatory four (4) month and one (1) day holding period from the date of its issuance. The Equity Component of the transaction is subject to TSX Venture Exchange and to standard regulatory approvals.
  6. SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS. EBH2 agrees that both the Cash Component of the transaction and the Equity Component of the transaction will be paid after an independent third party has validated that the EBH2 process works and can be scaled up to meet the energy requirement of HPQ Technologies, based on the following milestones:
    • An independent third-party, chosen by the Parties, will be mandated to confirm that the EBH2 travel demonstration module can generate 1,000 Watts per hour (1 Kw per hour), 24 Kw per day, 168 kW or 0.17 Mw of energy over 7 days from 1 litre of water (H2O). Upon receipt of confirmation that the production and other milestones has been met, the Cash Component of the transaction will be paid to EBH2 and 5,000,000 units of the Equity Component of the transaction will also be issued to EBH2.
    • An independent third-party, chosen by the Parties will be mandated to confirm that the EBH2 system can be scaled up to meet the energy requirement of HPQ Technology. Upon receipt of a confirmation that the production and other agreed milestones have been met, 4,000,000 units of the Equity Component of the transaction will also be issued to EBH2.
    • Upon a successful demonstration that a EBH2 system can produce the energy required to power up HPQ PUREVAP™ QRR pilot plant, the remaining 1,000,000 units of the Equity Component of the transaction will be issued to EBH2.


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