Independent Life Cycle Assessment of the Empower Facility confirms carbon dioxide emissions benefits vs. landfilling asphalt shingles and use of virgin production  Northstar Clean Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce the positive results of the independent carbon dioxide footprint Life-Cycle Assessment completed by Burgess Environmental Ltd. of selected performance indicators for Northstar's Empower Facility in ...

Independent Life Cycle Assessment of the Empower Facility confirms carbon dioxide emissions benefits vs. landfilling asphalt shingles and use of virgin production

 Northstar Clean Technologies Inc. (TSXV: ROOF) ("Northstar" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the positive results of the independent carbon dioxide ("CO2") footprint Life-Cycle Assessment (the "LCA") completed by Burgess Environmental Ltd. ("Burgess") of selected performance indicators for Northstar's Empower Facility in Delta, British Columbia . The Global Reporting Initiative ("GRI") Standards were used as the framework for reporting on sustainability performance metrics. These performance metrics assessed the impacts and benefits of repurposing liquid asphalt shingles and compared them to the impacts and benefits of simply disposing of discarded or defective asphalt shingles.

Highlights from the Empower Facility LCA:

  • Confirms the Empower Facility is a "circular", renewable industry solution with lower carbon dioxide emissions
  • Net estimated greenhouse gas ("GHG") emission savings of 121.94 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per 1 tonne of feedstock (1) through diverting shingles from landfills and replacing virgin production asphalt production from the Empower Facility
  • Net estimated carbon dioxide emission savings in the range of 1,500,000 kg to 3,000,000 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per year (1) dependent on steady state production volume

Empower Facility's Carbon Dioxide Emissions:

  • 77.21 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent produced per 1 tonne of feedstock (1)

Virgin Production and Landfill Disposal Carbon Dioxide Emissions:

  • 44.09 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent produced from 1 tonne of feedstock routed to landfills (1)
  • 155.06 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent produced from 1 tonne of virgin asphalt, including transportation to the Vancouver market (1)
  • 199.15 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per 1 tonne of feedstock

Net Savings:

  • 121.94 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per 1 tonne of feedstock

Aidan Mills , CEO of Northstar, states, "We are extremely excited about the positive results of the independent LCA. The LCA not only confirms the merits of our proprietary Bitumen Extraction & Separation Technology ("BEST") and the positive impact on the environment that we believe it will have, but it also measures the benefits of our production process when compared to sending asphalt shingles to landfills and using asphalt from virgin production. This analysis quantifies how our operations can support our customers and industry partners in delivering circular and "green" renewable asphalt produced with significantly lower carbon intensity. The global context for reducing industry carbon footprints is forcing companies to identify alternative renewable avenues. With the reduced carbon footprint solution for repurposing asphalt shingles, we believe we can support our customers and industry partners on their sustainability journey."

Mr. Mills, also said, "Our long-term mission is to be an environmentally responsible, sustainable clean technology company delivering renewable products with a significantly lower carbon intensity. In addition to the full diversion of asphalt shingles from landfills, we now know our production process can deliver a meaningful difference to our climate by reducing carbon dioxide emissions in both degradation of asphalt shingle tiles in landfills and virgin asphalt production. We are committed to long-term sustainability of our operations. The first step on the journey towards carbon neutrality is to quantify corporate emissions accurately and the LCA quantifies exactly that."

Additionally, depending on the regulatory and legislative framework, carbon dioxide emissions benefits may allow Northstar to potentially generate future revenue and margins from carbon credit sales, in addition to the expected revenue streams from incoming tipping fees and from the sale of its end-use products: liquid asphalt, fiber, and aggregate.

LCA Results Summary

The LCA compared the following performance indicators for the Empower Facility to virgin asphalt production and landfill disposal of used discarded or defective asphalt shingles in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards:

  • GHG / Carbon Dioxide Emissions
  • Land Disturbance
  • Water Consumption

GHG emissions, also known as carbon dioxide emissions, from the Empower Facility are expected to be 60% lower than the emissions related to virgin production and landfill disposal of the asphalt shingles, emitting 77.21 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of feed stock compared to 199.15 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of feedstock for virgin production and landfill disposal. This implies a net carbon emission savings of 121.94 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of feedstock. Assuming that the Empower Facility operates five days per week and 52 weeks per year, and has a production range of between 50 and 100 tonnes per day ("tpd"), net estimated carbon dioxide emission savings are expected to be in the range of 1,500,000 kg to 3,000,000 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. GHG emission reductions increase to over 220 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of wood-based shingle feed and to over 240 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne when asphalt is sourced exclusively from oil sands.

Of the 199.15 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of feedstock, the breakdown is the following:

  • 151.81 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per 1 tonne of feedstock is from virgin production,
  • 3.25 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per 1 tonne of feedstock is from transportation of replacement facility products to market,
  • 44.09 kg per 1 tonne of feedstock is from degradation of asphalt shingles in a landfill.

Findings related to the other performance indicators also pointed to quantifiable benefits from the operation of the Empower Facility including:

  • Reduction of water consumption by more than 650 litres per tonne of asphalt processed (1)
  • Reduction of land disturbance by more than 0.44m 2 per tonne of asphalt processed (1)

Methodologies Used for Quantifying Emissions

The 2017 British Columbia Best Practices Methodology for Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions was used to calculate emissions associated with fuel and electricity consumption. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") Documentation for Greenhouse Gas Emission and Energy Factors Used in the Waste Reduction Model ("WARM") was used to quantify emissions associated to asphalt and aggregate production. A program published by Environment Canada in 2009 was used to predict landfill gas emissions associated with disposal of asphalt shingles. GHG analyses included carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.

The full detailed Life-Cycle Assessment can be downloaded on our website at the following link: https://www.northstarcleantech.com/environmental .

Footnotes:
(1) Assuming the Empower Facility operates five days per week and 52 weeks per year.

About Northstar
Northstar Clean Technologies Inc. is a Vancouver -based clean technology company focused on the recovery and repurposing of single-use asphalt shingles. Northstar has developed a proprietary design process for taking discarded asphalt shingles, otherwise destined for already over-crowded landfills, and extracting the liquid asphalt, aggregate and fiber for usage in new hot mix asphalt, construction products and other industrial applications. Northstar's mission is to be the leading shingle material recovery provider in North America .

For further information about Northstar, please visit www.northstarcleantech.com . The Company's final prospectus dated June 18, 2021 , among other documents, is available on the Company's profile page on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .

On Behalf of Northstar
Aidan Mills
Chief Executive Officer

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The TSXV has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.

This press release may contain forward–looking information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, which forward–looking information reflects the Company's current expectations regarding future events. Forward-looking statements are often identified by the words "may", "would", "could", "should", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect" or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in this press release include the Company's expectations regarding the operation of its Empower Facility five days per week, 52 weeks per year and the estimated production of CO2 equivalent and GHG emissions savings, the benefits of the BEST Process and its impact on the environment, including that it can deliver a meaningful difference to our climate and reduce water consumption and land disturbance, and the Company's belief that these carbon emission benefits could drive future revenue and margins in carbon credit sales.  Forward–looking information is based on a number of assumptions and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control, which could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward–looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, factors discussed under "Risk Factors" in the final prospectus of the Company dated June 18, 2021 . The Company does not undertake any obligation to update such forward–looking information whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although the Company has attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and factors which could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be others that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended and such changes could be material. The Company does not intend, and do not assume any obligation, to update the forward-looking statements except as otherwise required by applicable law.

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Overview

There's never been more attention on clean energy generation than exists today. Between the EU's push for clean energy for all Europeans, the passing of various state-level green laws throughout the US, and the US government's decision to invest $2 trillion in clean energy to support a green economy — when it comes to energy production — it's clear the future is leaning green. The goal of these initiatives is to transition our energy production from non-sustainable sources like coal, gas, and oil into more sustainable options like solar, wind, and hydroelectric.

The US government is committing to decarbonizing the power sector by 2035, with the goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The UK has also followed suit by committing to cutting more than 50 percent of its emissions, which it believes could help bolster its economy through increased jobs. As governments around the world shift towards clean energy, the demand for various materials such as hydrogen and graphene is expected to rapidly increase.

HydroGraph Clean Power (CSE:HG) is a Canadian industrial materials manufacturer focused on commercializing its patented, green and cost-effective graphene and hydrogen manufacturing process. HydroGraph Clean Power's patented Synthetic Detonated Graphene (SDG) process is a clean energy production platform that produces hydrogen gas and the only synthetic detonated graphene.

SDG process

The SDG process produces identical batches of 99.8 percent of pure graphene without impurities from hydrocarbon gases. The process is cost-effective, digitally-controlled, customizable, decentralized, consistent and energy-efficient compared to other methods. More importantly, the company's graphene product can be produced on-site at an industrial scale and competitive prices.

The SDG process is a green, low-cost and low-energy process that produces virtually no emissions. The process is initially sparked from an electrode –– which requires very low energy –– and then relies on reactants to continually power the system. By enabling the energy within the hydrocarbon gases to power the system, the company can keep its energy costs low. The SDG process is also completely chemical and solvent-free resulting in low or net-zero emissions.

The company's graphene product is commercially superior to other graphene products on the market. HydroGraph Clean Power's SDG process produces one to five layers of graphene without impurities compared to conventional methods which produce less than 10 layers of graphene, often with impurities. Given the company's ability to produce high-quality graphene at low costs, HydroGraph Clean Power strongly believes that it will be able to market its graphene product at competitive prices with significant margins.

The company is positioned for strong growth in the near future with the recent commercialization of its graphene detonation chambers. The company plans to use its detonation chambers to develop advances in additive manufacturing, battery technology, conductive inks, industrial manufacturing and other applications.

HydroGraph Clean Power is expected to capitalize on graphene sales in various markets. The company's highly efficient SDG process is capable of producing consistent and customizable graphene for a variety of applications. The compact and modular detonation cylinders also allow the process to be deployed virtually anywhere resulting in significant market opportunities.

In May 2021, the company closed a private placement for gross proceeds of $6,505,000. The private placement was led by PowerOne Capital Markets Limited and Haywood Securities Inc. The funds from the financing round have been allocated towards scaling production of its SDG platform to commercialization, SDG platform automation and research and development focused on synthesizing nanotechnology products.

HydroGraph Clean Power, is led by a highly experienced management team with specialized experience in materials science. The company's technical team took part in the discovery of the detonation method at Kansas State University currently used in the SDG platform to produce graphene. HydroGraph Clean Power is the exclusive owner of the worldwide license from Kansas State University allowing it to produce valuable clean energy and nanotechnology products through their patented detonation process.

Company Highlights

  • HydroGraph Clean Power (CSE:HG) is focused on commercializing its patented, green and cost-effective graphene and hydrogen manufacturing process.
  • HydroGraph Clean Power's patented Synthetic Detonated Graphene (SDG) process is a clean energy production platform that produces hydrogen gas and the only synthetic detonated graphene at an industrial scale.
  • The company's SDG process produces identical batches of 99.8 percent of pure and graphene for a variety of applications. HydroGraph Clean Power's graphene is superior to other options on the market with very few layers and no impurities.
  • The SDG process is completely chemical and solvent-free resulting in low or net-zero emissions.
  • Led by a highly experienced management team with specialized experience in materials science - the company's technical team took part in the discovery of the detonation method currently used in the SDG platform to produce graphene.

Key Product

HydroGraph Synthetic Detonated Graphene Process

The HydroGraph Synthetic Detonated Graphene (SDG) process is a patented clean energy production platform that produces hydrogen gas and the only synthetic detonated graphene. The company's process effectively produces identical batches of 99.8 percent of pure graphene from acetylene and oxygen gas. The SDG process is cost-effective, green, digitally-controlled, customizable, decentralized, consistent and energy-efficient compared to other methods.

HydroGraph Synthetic Detonated Graphene Process

Conventional graphene mass manufacturing involves reducing multilayer graphene from mined graphite feedstock to less than 10 layers of graphene. This conventional method is complex, energy-intensive, expensive and ultimately results in an inferior graphene product with impurities. HydroGraph Clean Power's SDG process produces between one to five layers of graphene which is classified as "very few-layer graphene" with no impurities. The process enables the energy within hydrocarbon gases to also power the system which reduces the energy requirements with virtually no emissions.

The company's graphene detonation chambers have already entered commercialization. Going forward, the company plans to use its detonation chambers to develop advances in additive manufacturing, field technology, conductive inks, industrial manufacturing and other applications. The company's graphene product can be produced on-site at an industrial scale and competitive prices.

Management Team

Harold Davidson - Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Harold Davidson has more than 30 years of tech experience with Fortune 500 technology companies and in executive positions at tech start-ups. He was vice president of marketing at INToo Software Corporation which was the fastest growing and best performing TSX-V tech stock at the time. Davidson is the CEO and a director of Core Workflows Inc. which is a private technology company that provides the underlying technology for Omada. He invented, patented and helped develop a revolutionary new system of engagement (SOE) to provide businesses with a more efficient means of visualizing workflows.

David Morris - President

Dr. David Morris has been a prolific entrepreneur for over 18 years. Morris has built many businesses from the ground up and taken others through the recapitalization and restructuring process. After graduating from the University of Toronto's dentistry program, Dr. Morris founded the Morris Group of Companies. Morris has overseen its growth from a simple partnership to an organization employing more than 200 people with 2020 revenues over $100 million. As president of the Morris Group, Dr. Morris is involved in a wide range of business activities, including land and housing development, the mining sector, employment services and telecommunications.

Logan Anderson - Chief Financial Officer

Logan Anderson is a businessperson who has been an officer and director of numerous different public companies over the past 40 years. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer & Director at International Battery Metals Ltd., Chief Financial Officer, Secretary & Director at Scotch Creek Ventures, Inc., Chief Financial Officer, Secretary & Director at Ovation Science Inc. (Canada) and Chief Financial Officer & Director at InsuraGuest Technologies Inc. and Corporate Secretary of St. James Gold Corp. He is also a current member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Kjirstin Breure - Chief Operating Officer

Kjirstin Breure has a 10-year background in emerging technologies and portfolio management. She was the director of operations for Frontline Crossings and the director and COO for Macht10. Kjirstin has also worked in investor relations for Omada Technologies. Her interest in technology and passion for problem-solving has led her to work primarily with tech start-ups. Breure graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering with a specialization in nanomechanics.

Ranjith Divigalpitiya - Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Ranjith Divigalpitiya is an adjunct research professor in the department of chemistry at Western University in Canada. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Sri Jayawardanapura in Sri Lanka. He received his Master of Science degree and Ph.D. degree in solid-state physics from Simar Fraser University in Canada. He was a senior specialist and physicist at 3M Canada for more than 27 years. At 3M Canada, he invented 3M's graphene-like carbon coatings and contributed to 190 invention submissions and 20 granted US patents. He has authored more than 33 peer-reviewed papers in various areas of research, including digital x-ray imaging, electrically conducting adhesives, air and water purification, battery materials and nanoscale coatings.

Chris Sorensen - Technical Team Leader

Dr. Chris Sorensen is the Cortelyou-Rust University distinguished professor in the departments of physics and chemistry (adjunct) at Kansas State University. He received his Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Nebraska. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. Sorensen also served in Vietnam. His areas of interest are particulate systems, light scattering and soft matter. He has nearly 300 publications and seven patents. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association for Aerosol Research.

Stefan Bossmann - Lead Chemist

Dr. Stefan Bossmann is a distinguished professor in the department of chemistry at Kansas State University. He received his Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Saarland in Germany. He was a postdoctoral research associate at Columbia University from 1991 to 1993. He was then an assistant professor and subsequently an associate professor in the department of chemical and process engineering at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. Bossmann received his Ph.D. in chemical and process engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. His areas of interest are organic and inorganic synthesis, nanoparticulate systems and soft matter. He has more than 200 publications and 14 patents.

Arjun Nepal - Lead Researcher

Dr. Arjun Nepal is an assistant research professor in the department of physics at Kansas State University. He received his Masters of Science in physics from the Tribhuvan University in Nepal and the University of Minnesota Duluth. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Kansas State University. He has managed research and development for the KSU/C-2D detonation method to produce graphene since 2017. He led the project to successfully produce graphene at the rate of 1 kilogram per day.

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