ABB joins Bair Energy green H2 complex in Texas

23 May 2023

ABB is to join the Bair Energy Green Hydrogen and Technology Alliance to provide expertise on turnkey automation, electrification and digitalisation solutions that support the optimisation of low-cost green hydrogen production at the 1 GW Clear Fork Texas facility, a proposed major green hydrogen complex in Texas.

Phase one of the project will utilise renewable power to produce up to 33 000 kg/day of green hydrogen initially, with daily capacity intended to be increased to 132 000 kg by 2028. The green hydrogen will be liquefied and on site.

ABB ‘Adaptive Execution’, a project methodology from design through to operations, will be employed to integrate expert teams, new technologies, agile processes and shared learning, with the object of reducing capital costs and delivering projects ahead of schedule.

The Memorandum of Understanding between ABB and Bair Energy provides scope to explore deploying digital twin technology enabled by the ABB Ability 800xA Simulator and ABB Ability Process Power Simulator. These solutions will integrate electrical and process controls with dynamic simulation to provide a virtual representation of how the plant is designed, operated and maintained. This enables a shorter new plant start-up period, helps train operators and tests changes in a realistic but disconnected environment.

With transportation the number one cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the USA, the project aims to provide a significant step in the decarbonisation of its transport industry. Due to start operating in 2025, the Clear Fork Texas Project will be one of the largest locally produced green hydrogen facilities.

“Our collaboration with ABB … will help us to bring the Clear Fork Texas Project one major step closer to success,” said Nicholas Bair, CEO of Bair Energy. “The deployment of ABB Adaptive Execution will also enable us to … reduce our CAPEX by 20 % and speed up … delivery time of the facility by 10 to 20 %, which is a game changer for a project of this scale.”

Image: Artist’s impression of the Clear Fork hydrogen complex in Texas (courtesy of Bair Energy)

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