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Plug Power to build hydrogen plant in Camden CTY

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Electrical equipment manufacturer and hydrogen solutions provider, Plug Power Inc., will build a green hydrogen production plant in Camden County, Georgia, by 2022. According to the company, this facility is aimed at mainly serving customers across the southeastern United States.

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Indeed, this decision adds to the company’s continued actions towards establishing the first North American green hydrogen supply network.  

About the Camden County Plant

According to a media release on Plug Power’s website, the proposed plant will produce 15 tons per day of liquid green hydrogen. Moreover, the company would make this output by using 100% renewable energy.  

Among the several applications of the plant’s output, the manufacturer mentioned fuel transportation, material handling, and fuel cell electric vehicle fleets.

Regarding the project’s cost, Plug Power said it is investing $84 million in the facility. Additionally, the provider expects the plant to create at least 24 operational and local jobs starting in 2022.

Worth noting, through the Camden County, Georgia plant, Plug Power will extend its service coverage across the entire eastern seaboard of the U.S. Therefore, this location presents many strategic advantages, as the company stated in a media release.

For instance, Camden County is in close proximity to Interstate 95 (I-95), which is actually the main north-south highway on the East Coast of the U.S. Besides, the location will enable customers with easy access to the area’s industrial and commercial centers. Indeed, home improvement retailer The Home Depot and gas and electric utility Southern Company are among some of Plug Power’s customers that will probably leverage the benefits of this plant.  

Reception

In this sense, Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power, commented; “With this hydrogen production plant, we are expanding our green hydrogen network to provide zero-emissions fuel to customers in Georgia and across the Southeast.”  Therefore, continued Marsh, “investing in Camden County is the right choice to support Plug Power’s continued growth.”

Indeed, Plug Power is currently working closely with local and state authorities to move forward with the project. Accordingly, the provider has already signed a Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) with Okefenoke Rural Electric Membership Corporation; an electric utility services provider serving more than 37,000 commercial, industrial and residential customers in southeast Georgia and northeast Florida.

Particularly, this PPA is for the sourcing of the renewable electricity needed to power the plant. Additionally, the company is entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Camden County Joint Development Authority; particularly, for land and local site support.

Worth noting, Plug Power said it would announce the exact location for the plant later this year. Besides, it will disclose details about construction and job opening until then.

The company also noted in the release that it is already the largest buyer of liquid hydrogen globally. Besides, it highlighted that it has built more hydrogen refueling stations than any other company in the world.

Plug Power strengthens its clean hydrogen environment

The Camden County plant joins a previously announced facility in South Central Pennsylvania. Also, the Western New York Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing (STAMP) Park.

According to the company, those projects are ‘key milestones’ in pushing forward Plug Power’s goal of producing over 500 tons per day of hydrogen by 2025. Moreover, the Company already owns a hydrogen plant in Tennessee; which it acquired in 2020 as part of its vertical integration strategy.  Finally, all these assets join the manufacturer’s PEM stack and electrolyzer Innovation Center in Rochester, NY.  

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