Vision Energy Corp. (OTCQB: VENG) (“Vision Energy”) is a forward-looking energy company developing carbon reduced solutions for the commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. Vision Energy is leveraging its team’s proven track-record in site and asset procurement, accelerating development and permitting processes, plant design, and grid integration to facilitate low-carbon energy production, supply and distribution. The company is pursuing reliable offtake relationships and operating partnerships with energy industry participants and end users seeking carbon abatements across feedstock and fuels. Vision Energy is committed to providing low carbon energy solutions with maximized yield, with projects designed to exploit existing gas and power infrastructure, to integrate and facilitate import and/or distribution of reduced-carbon energy to domestic and global supply chains.
The company believes that hydrogen and liquid carriers of hydrogen are the most reliable alternatives to fossil fuels. Hydrogen is anticipated by many energy analysts to become more widely competitive as an alternative mobile energy source as early as 2030, as economies of scale drive down costs.
According to the International Energy Agency report ‘Hydrogen in North-Western Europe (2021)’, the region is well placed to lead hydrogen adoption as a clean energy source. Today, this region comprises approximately 5% of global hydrogen demand and 60% of European demand. Moreover, the region is home to the largest industrial ports in Europe, where much of this hydrogen demand is located, and presents a well-developed natural gas infrastructure connecting these ports with other industrial hubs. This gas network could be partially repurposed to facilitate hydrogen delivery from production sites to demand centers. Governments in this region also have ambitious goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and there is strong political interest in hydrogen as a pathway to maintaining industrial activity in the region.
Vision Energy is based in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Through wholly owned subsidiary Evolution Terminals BV, Vision Energy is pioneering a Green Energy Hub development project for the import, storage and distribution of low-carbon renewable fuels and hydrogen carriers, strategically located in the North Sea port of Vlissingen at the mouth of the Westerschelde estuary in the Netherlands. This Green Energy Hub is positioned to be the first terminal in Europe focused on green and low-carbon energy products.
Vision Energy is at an advanced stage of planning for the construction of its Green Energy Hub and is on schedule to file for the remaining construction and environmental permits by December 2022. The Green Energy Hub design is capable of receiving seagoing vessels, barges and coasters, served by a dedicated deep-water jetty as well as rail and truck loading infrastructure that will enable direct access to purpose-built storage and handling facilities for low-carbon fuels and hydrogen carriers, including ammonia, methanol and liquid organics. Phase 1 capital expense is estimated at approximately €450 million, including jetty infrastructure, and will provide for up to 400,000 cubic meters (CBM) of storage capacity with land already secured for future expansion.
In Northwestern Europe, the market for green hydrogen, or hydrogen produced by renewable energy, is growing rapidly. The current hydrogen demand projections outstrip the scheduled production for the next five to 10 years.
The company believes that all producers will face high demand. Moving beyond its initial Green Energy Hub, Vision Energy is focused on countries where governments support a regulatory standard that promotes hydrogen production and consumption. Many governments have established various incentives and financial mechanisms to accelerate and promote the use of hydrogen as a renewable energy source.
The EU, through its European Green Deal, has set an objective to become climate-neutral by 2050, implying the near total phase-out of fossil fuels in the EU energy system, and many countries are working to put in place subsidy programs for the development of green hydrogen facilities in anticipation of this goal.
Vision Energy projects its total addressable market at €10 billion by 2050.
Andrew Hromyk is CEO of Vision Energy. He has supported and operated chemical and energy operations in the Permian Basin, central and south Texas, Arkansas, Alberta and internationally. An active investor, he has been involved with companies developing a diverse range of technologies, from enhanced and conventional hydrocarbon recovery processes to wireless infrastructure. He has participated in numerous industrial and commercial real estate developments. He also has served as a director of several private companies that became publicly traded on Nasdaq, NYSE and TSX. He studied economics at Chaminade University and the University of British Columbia.
Arron Smyth is Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Vision Energy. He has more than 18 years of experience in financial services, investment banking, business leadership and operations in both developed and emerging markets. Since 2018, he has been Managing Director Europe for the First Finance group of companies, developing and supporting the group’s private equity investments and projects, including Evolution Terminals, the Netherlands-based developer of tank terminal and port infrastructure for the bulk storage and handling of clean and sustainable energy products.
Matthew Hidalgo is CFO of Vision Energy. He has over 15 years of experience in accounting, operations, finance, corporate restructuring and integrating acquisitions. He is a Managing Partner at Turquino Equity LLC, a private equity investment firm. Formerly, he was the controller and operations manager for the largest subsidiary of WPCS International Incorporated, managing over $30 million in annual revenue. Prior roles included managing accounting functions for several Australian subsidiaries. After graduating from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, he began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.