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Award finalist: Modern Electron

December 21, 2022

Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, will present the second annual  David & Patricia Giuliani Clean Energy Entrepreneur Award on January 5th, atop Seattle’s Columbia Tower, at the Future of Carbon Policy Forum.

The award, named after our organization’s founder and his wife, recognizes meaningful advances in clean energy innovation. The inaugural winner was Kenworth Trucks, presented by Governor Jay Inslee. 

Join us there to find out which of these five finalists will win this year’s award:

Bothell-based Modern Electron is a clean heat & hydrogen company. They convert natural gas to clean hydrogen. And because they do so at the customer’s point of use, they can accelerate the use of hydrogen without requiring trillions and decades to build out a hydrogen distribution infrastructure. 

Modern’s technology works not only with natural gas, but also with biogas (think rolling up the windows as you drive by a field of cows…) Currently Modern is running a renewable biogas project in Snohomish County. The state’s Clean Energy Fund is helping Qualco Energy to deploy a hydrogen generation solution from Modern Electron. Qualco Energy is a partnership of the Tulalip Tribes, Northwest Chinook Recovery and the Werkhoven Dairy. Using renewable biogas collected from a dairy anaerobic digester as the methane feedstock, Modern Electron’s technology delivers hydrogen and high value carbon credits from verifiable carbon sequestration. The clean hydrogen produced by Modern will be utilized for power generation that delivers electricity to a local community of 300 homes.  

Modern says, “Looking at the bigger picture, our solutions produce hydrogen from biogas and natural gas, both domestic fuels that are readily available and have resilient delivery systems. This approach to reducing CO2 emissions leverages the USA’s vast natural gas network. Combined with Modern Electron technology, existing gas distribution infrastructure is ready to enable wide-scale reductions in CO2 emissions. This existing pipeline capacity will also help electric grid resiliency by enabling distributed power generation with clean hydrogen.”  

Will Modern Electron win the Giuliani Clean Energy Entrepreneur Award? Join us on January 5th to find out!

Register now for the 5th annual Future of Carbon Policy Forum on January 5th from 3 to 6 p.m.

Still looking for that perfect gift? No stocking stuffer can match a pair of tickets to the Forum. Tickets will provide entry to the best event of the new year, with insider info shared by decision-makers from business and government, and elbows to be rubbed among clean economy community leaders. And there will be a delicious selection of appetizers, plus wine, beer, and cocktails, along with a spectacular view over Seattle and the Sound from atop the Columbia Tower.

Whether you are with a company doing business in Washington state, a tribe, community, or organization representing key constituencies, or a leader working to make life better in our state, the Future of Carbon Policy Forum is where you want to be on January 5th, just four days prior to the start of the legislative session.

Space is limited and we expect to sell out, so save your place today.



WA Commissioner of Public Lands



Senior Advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm


WA State Senator, incoming Chair of the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee


WA State Representative, Ranking Member on the House Environment & Energy Committee


Returning WA Representative-Elect, incoming Chair of the House Environment & Energy Committee

Matthew Colvin

Director of Logistics, Tree Top

Andrea Pratt

Zero Emission Technology Program Director for Volvo Group
North America

Heidi Sickler

Director of Policy and Market Development at bp pulse fleet


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