Black & Veatch has been selected by Mitsubishi Power Americas and Magnum Development, the co-developers of what is said to be the world’s first and largest industrial green hydrogen production and storage facility, to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the ‘Advanced Clean Energy Storage’ project in Delta, Utah, USA.
First announced in 2019, the new hydrogen hub will initially be designed to convert more than 220 MW of renewable energy daily to 100 metric tons of green hydrogen that will be stored in two large salt caverns. Storing excess renewable energy as hydrogen is expected to yield 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, ‘long term’ could even include seasonal shifts of excess renewable energy.
Black & Veatch has 80 years experience in hydrogen projects, including hydrogen production via gasification to reforming and electrolysis. Mitsubishi Power will provide hydrogen equipment integration, including the 220 MW of electrolysers, gas separators, rectifiers, medium voltage transformers and distributed control system.
With construction beginning this spring, the hydrogen storage hub will be located near the Intermountain Power Agency’s IPP Renewed Project, an 840 MW, hydrogen-capable gas turbine combined cycle power plant currently under construction. That plant will run initially on a blend of 30 % green hydrogen and 70 % natural gas starting in 2025, and will incrementally expand the hydrogen content to 100 % by 2045.