MONTRÉAL, QC / April 25, 2022 / St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE:SX)(OTCQB:SXOOF)(FSE:85G1) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, H2SX, has executed a final agreement with the South Korean company Wintech Energy Corp. Ltd. The agreement allows H2SX to access Wintech Energy’s green hydrogen technology. Through this agreement, Wintech Energy becomes a shareholder of H2SX.
“This technology will make it possible to produce hydrogen with a low carbon footprint and low energy intensity. In our jargon, this is what we call ccH2™, which is cheap and clean hydrogen,” said Sabin Boily, CEO of H2SX.
In contrast to traditional hydrogen production, this green hydrogen production process does not require any freshwater molecules. It is based on the separation of the methane molecule coming from natural gas, or ideally from biogas produced by organic waste, into gaseous hydrogen – the ccH2™ molecule -and high purity carbon powder. The process can be almost ten times more energy-efficient than water electrolysis as it does not consume any of this ultra-stable and precious molecule, leaving water available for humans, animals, and agriculture.
Wintech Energy’s proprietary technology uses microwave plasma and is a collaboration between the Korean Institute of Fusion Energy (KFE, formally the Korea National Fusion Research Institute – NFRI), the Korea Energy Institute (KIER), Kwangwoon University, Wintech Energy, and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE).
“This agreement with H2SX will allow Wintech to demonstrate our unique expertise beyond our borders and actively work to implement strategic, innovative technology solutions to fight climate change,” stated Jung Cheol Park, CEO of Wintech Energy.
Wintech’s financial partners and business networks
Wintech also benefits greatly from the support of its financial partners and their business networks in its international deployment.
“We know that the hydrogen economy will become an increasingly important part of the investment portfolio at KB in the future. Wintech has such potential, and we will be seriously looking for opportunities in this sector, both here and elsewhere,” noted Peter Chunsoo Park, Managing Director, Head of Global Business & Strategy, KB Securities.
The ccH2™ technology will allow St-Georges to realize the full synergistic potential of its products and subsidiaries’ by-products: from the refining of critical materials from its future mining activities, through the possibility of direct use of the ccH2™ technology in reduction processes up to the production of “green” clean hydrogen-based acids, to its battery recycling activities.
The high purity nanocarbon powder that is the by-product of the ccH2™ technology is suitable for anode electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. The ultimate valorization of process rejects into value-added fertilizer for St-Georges is an example of the potential of ccH2™ in the current global context of fertilizer shortages.
H2SX is acquiring a global non-exclusive license as well as an exclusive license for the territories of Iceland, the State of Nevada of the United States of America, and the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario of Canada. The exclusive license also covers all-natural resource-based operations in Canada.
The patents included in the license:
|Production Facility and Process of Hydrogen through Steam PlasmaKIPO Patent #10-1594350 (15 February 2016)|
|Refining Facility and Process of Carbon through Microwave PlasmaKIPO Patent #10-1504247 (13 March 2016)|
|Production Facility and Process of Carbon Monoxide through Steam PlasmaKIPO Patent #10-1664833 (2 October 2015)|
|Production Facility and Process of Hydrogen through Steam PlasmaInternational Patent #PCT/KR2016/003111 (28 March 2016)|
Additional intellectual property developed by the partners will be co-owned, half by H2SX and half by the licensors.
H2SX will issue a total of 990,000 common shares representing 9.9% of its common shares, in favor of Wintech (4.95%) and ZeeOne (4.95%). The parties will also receive preferred shares with a conversion rate potentially representing 10% of the outstanding shares of H2SX. No cash will be disbursed.
A series of 5-year Special Milestone Warrants exercisable at CA $1.00 will also be issued based on the following milestones:
|Milestone||Number of WarrantsWintech||Number of WarrantsZeeOne|
|Upon completion of building the pilot plant before 2024/07/01||200,000||200,000|
|New IP for hydrogen production||100,000||100,000|
|New IP for carbon production||125,000||125,000|
|New technology related to H2SX’s objectives||50,000||50,000|
|Upon completion of building the first production plant before 2028/07/01||250,000||250,000|
Fertilizer Technology Update and Public Sector Contribution
Additionally, H2SX, St-Georges, Wintech, and their partners are announcing their intention to set up a major industrial research chair with the mandate to “evaluate, develop, and commercialize cheap and clean hydrogen-based fertilizers”. The research chair will be located at the Cintech Agroalimentaire agri-food research center in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.
“(…) since Cintech Agroalimentaire’s mission is to increase the innovation and competitiveness of the Quebec agri-food industry by supporting R&D, a unique new research chair in the fertilizer sector for greener and low costs innovative additives and supplements is in line with our objective of decarbonizing our industry,” added Jean Lacroix, CEO of Cintech Agroalimentaire, as he welcomed the creation of the new research chair.
Cintech Agroalimentaire will be responsible for, among other things, the scientific direction of the chair and the use of private funds to find public subsidies to match private contributions. H2SX will benefit from the commercial spin-off of the discoveries and the scientific and technical breakthroughs resulting from the chair’s work. The Company expects that the government could deploy an estimate of CA $2 Million over the next five years to support the initiative.
“(…) Green hydrogen technology is a natural fit across all our business verticals (…) with lithium production, battery recycling, and nickel resource development (…) it will be essential in the making of large quantities of low-cost fertilizers from the by-products of these operations (…) creating endless synergies with one of the goals being to be the lowest cost H2 producer in the industry (…) Our core philosophy is to close the loops in our processes with circular green technologies, no waste, more profits (…)” commented Enrico Di Cesare, St-Georges’ VP R&D.
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About KB Securities Co Ltd
KB Securities Co., Ltd. provides financial services. The Company provides brokerage, securities dealing, underwriting, corporate finance, mutual funds, online trading, and derivatives. KB Securities also sells stock type unit trusts. KB Securities, one of the biggest investment banks in Korea, has $4 billion in capital, $100 billion in investor assets, and 3.8 million investors. KB Securities is a subsidiary of KB Asset Management.
About Cintech Agroalimentaire
Since 1986, Cintech Agroalimentaire has offered its expertise and technological support to Quebec agri-food companies seeking to improve their performance. Located in the heart of an agri-food technology park, Cintech Agroalimentaire is recognized for strengthening innovation and the competitiveness of the Quebec agri-food industry by supporting R&D, consumer research and technology transfer.
H2SX, a subsidiary of St-Georges Eco-Mining, implements innovative cheap and clean hydrogen production solutions that unlock hydrogen’s real economic and environmental value. The clean hydrogen produced is destined for a multitude of markets and allows the creation of value-added products while attributing green premiums to them. H2SX also supports the St-Georges family of companies by bringing undeniable benefits to their full circle recycling efforts. H2SX is the catalyst for limitless business opportunities.
About St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp.
St-Georges develops new technologies to solve some of the most common environmental problems in the mining sector, including maximizing metal recovery results throughout the value chain.
The company has an integrated urban mining strategy which includes full-circle battery recycling and green hydrogen production. St-Georges also has verticals in critical mineral exploration in Quebec and Iceland.
Headquartered in Montreal, St-Georges’ stock is listed on the CSE under the symbol SX and trades on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 85G1 and on the OTCQB Venture Market for early stage and developing U.S. and international companies. Companies are current in their reporting and undergo an annual verification and management certification process. Investors can find Real-Time quotes and market information for the company on www.otcmarkets.com
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SOURCE: St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp.