Brookfield Renewable, Plug Power partner on hydropower-fueled hydrogen plant

Plug Power Inc. and Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. announced plans to build a green hydrogen production plant, which would use 100% renewable energy from Brookfield Renewable’s 252-MW Holtwood hydroelectric facility.

Green hydrogen from this facility will support decarbonization of the transportation and logistics industries in the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic. The plant will be located along the Susquehanna River in south-central Pennsylvania, U.S., and is expected to be online by late 2022, with construction slated to begin by in the first quarter of 2022.

Once operational, the plant is projected to produce about 15 metric-tons of liquid hydrogen per day. It is also expected to create more than 25 green energy jobs in Pennsylvania.

“This is another step in our quest to build the green hydrogen economy in the USA and globally thereafter,” said Andy Marsh, chief executive officer of Plug Power. “We are proud to be able to bring quality jobs and invest in the local economy in Lancaster County, PA through this green hydrogen production facility.”

As one of the first industrial-scale green hydrogen facilities in North America, the plant represents a significant milestone in Plug Power’s plan to establish the first North American green hydrogen network and to produce over 500 tons per day of hydrogen by 2025.

In the coming years, the hydrogen economy is expected to grow exponentially, potentially providing up to 24% of energy needs and reaching $10 trillion in annual revenues by 2050, as reported by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Green hydrogen is an essential component of a zero-carbon economy and critical to the decarbonization of transportation and logistics sectors as well as hard-to-abate industrial applications like steelmaking. A McKinsey study estimated that by 2030, the U.S. hydrogen economy could support 700,000 jobs.

Plug Power also recently announced the construction of a green hydrogen production facility and electric substation in the Western New York Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park, joining the company’s existing plant in Tennessee.

Brookfield Renewable’s portfolio consists of hydroelectric, wind, solar and storage facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, and totals over 19,000 MW of installed capacity and an 18,000-MW development pipeline.

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Source: Renewable Energy