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August 24, 2023

Sugar Valley Energy and STARS Technology Corporation Collaborate to Produce Clean Hydrogen at its Planned Sugarcane to Ethanol and Power Project in Imperial Valley California


Brawley, CA (Aug. 24, 2023) - Sugar Valley Energy (SVE), a subsidiary of California Ethanol & Power, LLC (CE+P), and STARS Technology Corporation (STARS) have announced a groundbreaking collaboration agreement to deploy cutting-edge hydrogen production technology at SVE’s planned, fully permitted 160-acre sugarcane ethanol biorefinery, bioelectric, biogas and wastewater treatment facility in Imperial Valley, California. 

The SVE-STARS agreement envisions the deployment of up to 80 STARS-250 H2 Generators, producing low-cost, renewable hydrogen that meets the new Federal Clean Hydrogen standard. These generators would be installed at SVE's low-carbon ethanol plant that will produce more than 70 million gallons of low-carbon ethanol each year.  The hydrogen generators would also potentially be installed at nearby hydrogen fueling stations.

"We are excited about the potential to partner with STARS Technology Corporation to bring their state-of-the-art hydrogen production technology to our low carbon renewable sugarcane ethanol and power project,” said Dave Rubenstein, President and CEO of CE+P. “This collaboration aligns with our commitment to sustainable energy solutions and will revolutionize the production and utilization of clean hydrogen."

“This collaboration between SVE and STARS represents a significant milestone in advancing clean energy solutions and propelling sustainable development in Imperial Valley and beyond,” said Robert S. Wegeng, STARS President and Chief Technology Officer.

Clean Hydrogen from the Biofuel Production Process

The biogas created from the waste products of the locally grown sugarcane to ethanol process would provide feedstock to the STARS H2 Generators. Collectively, the 80 STARS-250 H2 Generators can produce up to 20,000 kilograms of clean hydrogen per day, the equivalent to the typical daily fueling needs of more than 30,000 fuel cell light-duty passenger vehicles or more than 500 hydrogen fuel cell buses.

Biomethane derived from the organic byproducts of ethanol production will be used for on-site hydrogen production using STARS H2 Generators and this hydrogen will fuel the trucks and heavy equipment involved in sugarcane cultivation. Onsite hydrogen production will also enable the on-site production of ammonia, supplying SVE with a low-carbon crop fertilizer.  In addition, SVE plans to inject a portion of its biomethane into nearby pipelines as renewable natural gas (RNG). This RNG can then be converted into clean hydrogen using distributed STARS H2 Generators at filling stations throughout the region.

The collaboration between SVE and STARS can establish an unprecedented agricultural-energy cycle where virtually all energy and materials produced by SVE will be converted into high-value products for use within the region while creating long term stability for growers and clean energy jobs.

The effort to grow sugarcane for the SVE project is expected to support an estimated 2,000 agricultural jobs, along with approximately 200 on-site employees who will run the energy campus. The three-year construction of the project will support thousands of additional construction jobs, local economic activity as well as city and county revenue.

The integration of STARS’ advanced technology with SVE’s sugarcane ethanol and power facility can provide significant benefits throughout Imperial Valley, California, and Arizona for years to come. These benefits extend to energy, transportation, as well as the environment, economy, and society of the region.

About STARS Technology

STARS Technology Corporation was formed to deliver to the world a clean energy future through sustainable and affordable hydrogen production.  STARS Technology’s H2 generators employ cutting-edge 3-D printed, microchannel reactors and heat exchangers, capable of high-intensity performance. These innovative "chemical process chips" enable distributed hydrogen production through compact, modular designs that scale up easily to meet future demand. The onsite production and modular scalability of the STARS system eliminates the high cost of transporting hydrogen by truck from conventional large-scale plants. STARS’ first-of-a-kind advanced H2 generator, which is near completion of 10 months of field testing at the SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, California, will soon provide hydrogen for SunLine’s fuel cell bus fleet.

The technology behind STARS' microchannel reactors was originally developed at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). 

About California Ethanol + Power (CE+P)

CE+P is a development company that intends to develop, construct, operate and own numerous facilities that will convert locally grown sugarcane into Essential Ethanol™ sustainable, renewable and extremely low carbon transportation fuel that will assist California in meeting its groundbreaking AB32 requirements. CE+P is committed to employing processes and equipment that are both commercially proven and financeable, while also meeting California’s stringent environmental regulations. CE+P also has identified promising potential products such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), renewable hydrogen and ammonia, using low carbon ethanol as a feedstock for fossil fuel-based chemical replacement, and developing low carbon drop-in fuel from sugarcane tops and leaves as an alternative to crude oil.  For more information, visit www.californiaethanolpower.com.

For more information, please visit:

•           California Ethanol & Power, LLC (CE+P): https://www.californiaethanolpower.com/sve#the-imperial-valley

•           Sugar Valley Energy, LLC (SVE): https://www.californiaethanolpower.com/sve#the-imperial-valley

 •           STARS Technology Corporation: https://www.starsh2.com

Media Contacts:

Barbara Caruso – 714/328-3273, barbara@c-squaredpr.com

Phil Vandermost – 949/289-3632, phil@pvastrat.com

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This release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the intent of SVE and STARS. Implementation of the collaboration will depend upon obtaining the necessary funding and reaching mutual agreement on the enabling contractual documents.