Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

What is carbon black?

Carbon black is virtually pure elemental carbon produced by incomplete combustion or thermal decomposition of gaseous or liquid hydrocarbons under controlled conditions. Its physical appearance is that of a black, finely divided pellet or powder.

It is a common, essential product that is in everyday products like tires, rubbers hoses, inks, and food related items such as plastic utensils, and travel coffee mugs.

What is hydrogen?

Hydrogen is the coproduct in our innovative process of carbon black production. It is no more dangerous than other flammable fuels used now, but it does have different properties that result in different safe handling procedures. It is non-toxic and non-poisonous and will not contaminate groundwater or contribute to atmospheric pollution. There are some notable differences between hydrogen and natural gas or gasoline. Hydrogen is lighter than air and diffuses rapidly. It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. But an understanding of Hydrogen and its behavior allows us to implement protocols and guidelines to handle it safely, which are all factored into our design.

Read more about hydrogen and for further details on safety codes and standards, see this Hydrogen Safety Sheet.

Nebraska Project FAQs

When does construction start?

We broke ground at Olive Creek near Hallam, Nebraska in October 2016.

How will this project benefit Nebraskans?

This partnership with Nebraska Public Power District has the potential to create 600 new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new capital investment in the state of Nebraska. It also creates the opportunity to produce clean and affordable energy for Nebraskans.

Together, we will be reducing pollution and making everyday items just a little bit greener.

When are you expecting this project to be fully operational?

We are expecting initial production capacity in 2018 and full production capacity in 2020. Please check our Project Updates & Details page which will be updated as we make progress.

When does hiring begin for the Olive Creek Plant?

Hiring has already begun as we have a strong project team who has been working diligently since early 2015 on the plant’s design. Hiring will continue until the plant is fully staffed and operational in 2018. We anticipate to have a staff of 50 employees to develop and run Phase 1 of our manufacturing plant. From engineers, to plant operators, and materials handlers, we are creating a variety of jobs for Nebraskans.

 Please see our Career Opportunities for a list of current job postings. 

How do trades and contractors get involved with this project?

Now that the project has officially kicked off, Monolith will be providing more information as it becomes available. As with all construction projects, there are many variables, and we intend to do our best to keep the information as current and accurate as possible. Our process will be transparent, and will allow qualified contractors the opportunity to be involved with this first of its kind project.

We encourage you check back regularly, and monitor our Press page and our Nebraska Project page for the most current information available.