Announced in 2019, the new hydrogen hub will initially be designed to convert more than 220 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy daily to 100 metric tons of green hydrogen that will be stored in two sprawling salt caverns. Storing excess renewable energy as hydrogen yields a long-term and long-duration energy storage solution, complementing battery energy storage solutions while allowing renewable energy to be deployed in times of highest demand. With hydrogen storage solutions, that may even include seasonal shifts of excess renewable energy.
Mario Azar, Black & Veatch’s incoming Chair and CEO, said that “being part of this innovative team advancing clean hydrogen as a fuel and feedstock is helping pave the way for a lower-carbon energy future that takes the energy transition farther, faster.”
Drawing on its extensive expertise in building complex energy infrastructure projects, Black & Veatch for 80 years has played key roles in engineering and building projects involving hydrogen, now widely considered to be the next frontier for carbon-free energy. These projects have varied in scope from hydrogen production via gasification to reforming and electrolysis, with end uses ranging from creation of ammonia to power generation to transportation and mobility solutions.
Mitsubishi Power, an industry leader in technology offerings, will provide the hydrogen equipment integration, including the 220 MW of electrolyzers, gas separators, rectifiers, medium-voltage transformers, and distributed control system.
With construction beginning this spring, the hydrogen storage hub will be adjacent to the Intermountain Power Agency’s IPP Renewed Project and support the 840-MW, hydrogen-capable gas turbine combined cycle power plant under construction. That plant initially will run on a blend of 30 percent green hydrogen and 70 percent natural gas starting in 2025. The plant incrementally will expand to using 100 percent hydrogen by 2045.