Why Us

PENNSACO TECHNOLOGY

Proven Continuous Performance, Feedstock Flexibility, Ability to Scale, & Simple, Economic Design Validated By United States Environmental Protection Agency

 

“Among the advantages of the process are its simplicity and its low temperature operations.  These features, together, lead to a highly economical design.” “No other process has performed reliably on a continuous basis over an extended period of time.”

–       United States Environmental Protection Agency

THE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE

Pennsaco produces H2 in a process unique in the industry & exclusive to Pennsaco that results in industry leading low-cost, high yield, high volume, high purity H2 without expensive clean-up & post processing.  Dual Stream System innovation provides Pennsaco with unmatched efficiencies and robust, long term competitive advantages.

OVERCOMING CONSTRAINTS OF OTHER RENEWABLE H2 TECHNOLOGIES IN COST, SCALING, & HIGH-VOLUME CONTINUOUS SUPPLY

Ideally suited to scale carbon negative green H2 production to meet the high volume, continuous supply, & low-cost requirements of the H2 mobility, industrial decarbonization, and microgrid markets.

HIGH VOLUME CONTINUOUS OPERATIONS

    • No intermittent production that is characteristic of wind or solar. All units are designed to operate continuously 24/7 with 98% uptime.

    • 4X the yield of wind or solar per MW at 8X lower cost.

    • Proven feedstock flexibility protects against disruption to production and maximizes local waste use.

CARBON NEGATIVITY

    • No expensive CCUS equipment or risky well storage and monitoring required.

    • Captured & sequestered carbon product is a high value, high demand, high revenue source & multi-faceted environmental impact tool.

    • CI: -209 & greater.

COST & PRODUCTION LEADERSHIP

  • Renewable Electricity:  Market Leading Conversion Rates & Efficiency

      • 800 kWh-1.2MW/ton of feedstock vs industry standard: 500-750 kWh/ton.

      • 95% capacity factor. 95% BTU value captured. 98% uptime.

  • H2 Market Leading Volume: 

      • High yield & purity H2 produced continuously outside of typical syngas production processes resulting in lower cost, higher yield & volume H2 than competing waste to H2 or BECCS technologies.

      • 6X lower price. Half the capital cost.

ABILITY TO SCALE

    • Not constrained by design, capacity factor, massive infrastructure costs, or market limitations of battery energy storage, electrolyzers, and gasification technologies.

    • Flexibility for co- location; does not require massive footprint of wind or solar.

    • Ready for deployment TODAY.

FEEDSTOCK VERSATILITY

    • Proven to continuously run and scale on wide variety of feedstocks

PENNSACO’S COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

PROVEN TECHNOLOGY

The Pennsaco technology has been thoroughly tested and its continuous operations, ability to process a wide variety of feedstocks, economical design, low emissions, and high energy conversion rates confirmed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, ensuring its practical application in a wide range of plant environments. Our core process is tried and true, and its efficiency is well-documented through more than a dozen existing & new patents.

STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE

One system, two carbon negative green hydrogen  pathways.  Pennsaco has pioneered production of carbon negative green hydrogen from waste through one system with two patented pathways that produce high volumes of low cost, carbon negative, pressurized hydrogen at rates 30% greater than current state of the art while simultaneously permanently removing tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.  We make 4X the yield of green H2 of wind or solar at 8-10X less cost and 2-4X the yield of green hydrogen of thermal conversion technologies from the same amount of feedstock.

MANAGEMENT

Pennsaco’s management has decades of proven experience developing and commercializing breakthrough clean energy & recycling technologies, financing & developing projects, designing, building, and operating commercial plants for waste management and renewable energy, leading industry advocacy & government relations, and breaking new ground in R&D.

FLEXIBILITY

Pennsaco’s technology is feedstock and product flexible, scalable, customizable to local needs, and serves multiple global markets worth trillions of dollars.

GROWTH & IMPACT

Pennsaco Technologies can be deployed anywhere in the world, advancing 12 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with each facility and generating billions of dollars of wealth creation

MEET THE TEAM

Robert G. Kelly, Founder & CEO

Robert G. Kelly is Chief Executive Officer of Pennsaco. Mr. Kelly has over 25 years of experience in the energy, technology, and finance, with over a decade devoted to bringing clean technology into the mainstream.

Mr. Kelly founded Pennsaco while serving as Investment Development Officer for American Refining and Biochemical, Inc. (ARB), where he was responsible for identifying, investing in, and supporting sustainable business opportunities in renewable energy, clean water, and sustainable agriculture. ARB is a lead investor in Pennsaco.

Prior to joining ARB Mr. Kelly was a founding member and senior executive for three wind energy companies, leading marketing and commercialization, two realizing successful exits through acquisition.

Robert began his career in high tech, driving growth through international business development and M&A as Managing Director ASK, Ltd. and as VP Marketing at Infogain Corporation, a multinational professional services firm.

Mr. Kelly holds Masters Degrees in business from UC Berkeley and Columbia University, and a BA in English from Skidmore College.  Robert serves on the board of the Halloran Family Foundation and on the Steering Committee for Transition Town Media. He speaks publicly on the opportunities that arise from the challenges of climate change.

Dr. Mack Bowen, PhD, Chief Technology Officer Emeritus

Dr. Mack Bowen is Chief Technology Officer of Pennsaco. Dr. Bowen has over 30 years experience in thermal science and biomass conversion technologies and is the holder of patents covering more than a dozen claims in biomass conversion, hydrogen production, and gas to liquids. He is the lead inventor and developer of Pennsaco’s core technology, and he is responsible for the advancement of the company’s technology road map. Dr. Bowen manages all relationships with research facilities and commercial engineering firms.

Dr. Bowen developed the technology while a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), one of the country’s leading bioengineering and bioscience research universities. A multinational packaging manufacturer licensed the technology to capture and retain resources from waste streams, divert trash from landfills, and reduce material costs in their packaging facilities. It was commercialized under Dr. Bowen’s direction, and four successful industrial plants were built and operated prior to the company’s transition from manufacturing to financial services, and its subsequent divestment of Dr. Bowen’s division.

Dr. Bowen previously worked on defense and aerospace for Lockheed and Martin (now one company) developing high-heat transfer materials necessary for rockets to withstand intense thermal pressure generated in hypersonic velocities.

Dr. Bowen holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Thermal Sciences from Georgia Tech.

Amy McCrae Kessler, Esq., Chief Commercialization Officer

Ms. McCrae Kessler leads Pennsaco’s technology commercialization strategy and business development for entry into the global hydrogen mobility, microgrid, and industrial decarbonization markets; the biochar & carbon removal markets; the renewable electricity for microgrids & EV charging markets; plastics chemical recycling markets; and tire recycling & recovered carbon black markets.  Ms. McCrae Kessler cultivates strategic relationships with industry partners in new feedstock, product, and complimentary technologies sectors.  She leads legal, environmental, and regulatory affairs, organizational development, market research, diligence, business and project development as well as engineering teams in technology optimization strategy, R&D initiatives, project development support, and grant applications.

Ms. McCrae Kessler is an environmental law, policy, and project permitting expert with talent and passion for commercializing innovative climate tech and mitigating emerging renewable energy technology project development risk through a proactive approach to regulatory compliance, zoning, facility siting, community outreach, public policy, and government relations.  She has an extensive record of achievement obtaining favorable local, state, and federal permits for novel technologies and complex facilities as well as regulatory results for industry.

Ms. McCrae Kessler has deep environmental & administrative law, project development and federal advocacy experience spanning multiple practice disciplines, including local, state and federal permitting of novel technologies and complex facilities, regulatory compliance, land use, planning and zoning, facility siting, community outreach, public policy, government relations and advocacy with expertise in a range of environmental issues, including carbon negative green hydrogen, biochar, carbon removals, sustainable materials management, renewable energy, food waste recycling, anaerobic digestion, composting, water conservation, climate change mitigation, and nutrient and soil management.

Prior to joining Pennsaco Technologies, Ms. McCrae Kessler founded an organics recycling company where she led U.S. commercialization of a novel integrated high solids anaerobic digestion and composting technology, managing international engineering teams, patent prosecutions, and successful project siting, permitting, and community outreach initiatives.  She  served on the Board of Directors of the American Biogas Council from 2010-2020 and has chaired the Council’s Federal Policy Committee since 2011.

Ms. McCrae Kessler practiced environmental, international environmental and administrative law in New York and London, advising clients on a broad range of environmental issues in the context of litigation, regulatory compliance, permitting and corporate, banking and real estate transactions.

Ms. McCrae Kessler is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.  She received her JD, summa cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 1998 and her BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1992.

William Glass, PE, Vice President of Operations

William (Bill) Glass is Vice President of Operations of Pennsaco. Mr. Glass brings 30 years of best practices in safety, reliability, and productivity developing world-class renewable energy companies.  As Vice President of Operations, Mr. Glass is responsible for plant development and operations and managing supply chain and distribution logistics.

Mr. Glass comes to Pennsaco from BMC where he managed the engineering, construction, and commissioning of the world’s largest green-field renewable energy business.  The $200M, 750,000 MT/year plant was delivered on time and under-budget, including a specially constructed port facility. Mr. Glass has lead industrial companies from start-ups to $1B organizations as President/CEO, and he provides extensive experience in operations, sales, marketing, R&D, business development, strategy, and logistics.

Prior to BMC, Mr. Glass held leadership positions and worked with multi-national companies including BASF Corporation, Honeywell Inc. (AlliedSignal), Nova Chemicals, Sun Chemical Corporation, and World Color Inc. industries developing specialty chemicals and engineered plastics.

Mr. Glass holds an MBA from The University of Detroit and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The University of Toledo.  Mr. Glass is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.

Tannon Daugaard, PhD, Director of Engineering

Mr. Daugaard leads Pennsaco’s thermochemical engineering design and systems optimization teams.  Mr. Daugaard has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Biorenewable Resources and Technology from Iowa State University.  He has comprehensive thermochemical R&D experience and is a specialist in optimizing biomass thermochemical system performance, heat carrier effects, and pyrolysis of plastic waste.

Mr. Daugaard also serves as an Associate Professor and the U.S. Army Prime Power School where he trains students to deploy, install, maintain, and operate U.S. Army power distribution and generation assets.

Prior to joining Pennsaco Technologies, Mr. Daugaard was a graduate research assistant at Iowa State University where he led experimental investigations into heat transfer effects to maximize liquid yields from biomass pyrolysis, recycling regenerated heat transfer media, and optimizing heat recovery from biochar production.  He has extensive experience pyrolyzing and analyzing biomass feedstocks, developing operating procedures, designing reactors, and managing laboratory analysis of pyrolysis and gasification products.

Mr. Daugaard is member of the Iowa Governor’s Carbon Sequestration Task Force and an ambassador for the Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE).

Mr. Daugaard graduated with distinction from Iowa State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2012.

ARB, Inc., Advisor

ARB is an investment company that holds and manages a portfolio of private company, private equity fund and project equity investments.  ARB invests in environmental and renewable energy opportunities that accelerate the transition to a sustainable and clean economy.

ARB values the power of business to be a force of positive change for the environment and partners with entrepreneurs who are reimagining and reinventing the ways that the world engages with and consumes energy, water, food and other precious resources.

ARB values the commitment and passion of their portfolio company management teams in their pursuit of innovative, highly effective and cost compelling solutions to climate change.

Affiliate, American Refining Group, provides biofuel & biomass portfolio companies with access to industry expertise and selected project partnerships.