星期一, 11月 29, 2021
Home PV Markets El Paso Electric looks to hydrogen for future electric power generation

El Paso Electric looks to hydrogen for future electric power generation

Plans call for converting the utility’s newest generating unit from all natural gas to a blend of up to 30% hydrogen, and eventually to 100% hydrogen.

Source:pv magazine

Mitsubishi Power Americas and El Paso Electric agreed to develop projects that offer a combination of renewables, energy storage, and power generation using hydrogen.

Under the agreement, the two will work to help the utility reach an 80% carbon-free resource mix by 2035 and develop a roadmap to achieve a 100% carbon-free energy mix by 2045.

A focus will be to develop a strategy for the utility to use hydrogen to generate energy across its power generation fleet. Part of the plan includes converting El Paso Electric’s Newman Power Station’s newest unit from all natural gas generation to a blend of up to 30% hydrogen, and eventually to all hydrogen.

The two also will work to evaluate regional transportation, commercial, and other industrial sectors to promote future decarbonization and economic growth.

No new gas

In August, El Paso Electric and community and environmental groups reached an agreement on construction of the gas-fired 228 MW, $168 million Newman Unit 6. The groups agreed to withdraw their opposition to the plant. In exchange, the utility agreed to a four-year moratorium — excluding Newman 6 — on building any new natural gas units. The agreement also stated the site will not be used for future fossil fuel construction after Newman 6 is built.

The project faced delays after the Sierra Club and others challenged Texas’ pending approval of El Paso Electric’s air quality permit, citing health and environmental concerns.

Green hydrogen

In September, fossil fuel company Chevron tentatively agreed to acquire an interest in ACES Delta, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Power Americas and Magnum Development that owns the hydrogen-based Advanced Clean Energy Storage project. The Utah project would produce, store, and transport green hydrogen in salt dome caverns at utility scale for power generation, transportation, and industrial applications in the western United States.


ACES Delta concept drawing.
Image: Mitsubishi Power

Under the plan, the 840 MW Intermountain Power Plant would be converted from coal to natural gas and then to green hydrogen to produce electricity. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is leading the power plant conversion.

The natural gas generating units would be supplied by Mitsubishi Power and designed to use 30% hydrogen fuel at start-up, transitioning to 100% hydrogen fuel by 2045 as technology improves.

Salt dome hydrogen storage also is being evaluated at other U.S. locations by a partnership between Mitsubishi Power and Texas Brine.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

CSI Solar signs strategic partnership agreement to focus on renewables and battery energy storage

Canadian Solar subsidiary CSI Solar has signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) that will focus on energy...

New German coalition sets enhanced energy goals, doubles solar PV target to 200GW by 2030

Germany’s new three-way coalition government of the SDP, Green and FDP parties have set guidelines for future energy policy in the country which include...

European Commission approves US$2.5bn Greek policy to support 4.2GW of renewables

The European Commission (EC) has approved a €2.27 billion (US$2.56 billion) Greek scheme to support 4.2GW of installed renewables capacity after assessing it in...

R.Power launches US$226m tendering programme as Polish PV portfolio proceeds

Polish solar developer R.Power is tendering for PV modules, structures and other components worth nearly €200 million (US$231 million) as it seeks to build...