Star Scientific provides carbon-free heat for Mars Food Australia

Mars Food Australia utility engineer Shane Timmermans standing beside Mars Food Australia gas powered steam generators for the site
Mars Food Australia utility engineer Shane Timmermans standing beside Mars Food Australia gas powered steam generators for the site

The Central Coast Hydrogen Food Cluster and Star Scientific Limited have announced the first applied research project of its HERO technology, using hydrogen to provide heat for industrial-scale sanitation with Mars Food Australia. 

“Over the course of the past year there has been a significant shift in the conversation around hydrogen with a new sense of urgency across industries. The global food manufacturing sector is demanding a green pathway to process heat for cooking and cleaning,” Star Scientific global group chairman Andrew Horvath said. 

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“Our HERO technology answers the call; it is a non-polluting catalyst that uses hydrogen to generate zero emission, limitless heat necessary for many major industrial applications without any combustion.”

Mars Food Australia general manager Bill Heague said, “As a global company we are committed to decarbonising our processes and working towards being ‘Sustainable in a Generation’, which includes investing in renewable energy and process heat. This pilot provides a real and tangible step towards a more sustainable future, and we are thrilled to be involved.”

The 18-month pilot is part of the Central Coast Hydrogen Food Cluster, a new industry-led hydrogen collaboration on the New South Wales Central Coast between Star Scientific Limited and Central Coast Industry Connect Limited.

Star Scientific will undertake extensive testing and consultation with Mars Food Australia, regulators and relevant government agencies, throughout the development process of the pilot. Once completed, it will provide a foundational framework for the development of other heat sources used in food manufacturing. 

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“We are really excited about being able to demonstrate how our HERO® can pave the way for Australian food manufacturers to reduce emissions, and very grateful for the support from all levels of government for this pilot. For us, it’s a recognition of the critical role that the cluster will play as an ‘incubator’ of regulatory issues for the hydrogen supply chain and more specifically, ‘green’ hydrogen made from renewable energy. This will enable us to identify challenges and provide solutions,” Horvath said. 

The Central Coast Hydrogen Food Cluster was established following an MoU between Central Coast Industry Connect limited and Star Scientific Limited to pioneer the use of the award-winning HERO technology and provide a carbon-free heat source for food manufacturing.

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