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Avangrid announces U.S. green hydrogen vision

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Avangrid announced green hydrogen concepts in response to a DOE’s request for information (RFI). Those concepts are in Connecticut, New York, Maine, Oregon, and the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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Avangrid – green hydrogen concepts’ submission

On Thursday, the sustainable energy company, Avangrid, announced it submitted green hydrogen project concepts on the U.S. east and west coasts’ projects. Indeed, this action came in response to a request for information (RFI) from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Particularly, the green hydrogen project concepts are in Connecticut, New York, Maine, Oregon; and the U.S. Gulf Coast in the southwest.

Indeed, The DOE’s RFI seeks information from industry, investors, developers, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on potential hydrogen demonstration projects in the U.S.

Moreover, this RFI is part of the DOE’s recently announced Energy Earth shot Initiative. Accordingly, this framework aims to accelerate more abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy solutions within the decade.

About the concepts

Particularly in Oregon, Avangrid’s RFI response proposes the colocation of green hydrogen production at Avangrid Renewables’ Klamath cogeneration plant.

Therefore, the 20MW electrolyzer would make the facility a source for fuel flexibility; particularly, as the combined-cycle natural gas plant balances the intermittency of the energy generated by Avangrid’s 1300MW north-west wind farm fleet. Moreover, the electrolyzer would enable a 2% blend of this hydrogen type into the plant’s fuel supply.

Similarly, in Connecticut, Avangrid’s RFI response proposes constructing a 20MW electrolyzer and hydrogen storage facility; specifically, for its Connecticut gas and electric utilities. In fact, Avangrid estimates the project could produce roughly 2.9 million kg of hydrogen per year.

On the other hand, in New York, in collaboration with local area transportation authorities in Rochester, New York, Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) is assessing opportunities to construct a multi-use hydrogen production and distribution facility. Particularly, this would support a range of hydrogen uses, including transportation applications to meet zero-emissions fleet goals.

Lastly, in Maine, Avangrid’s local subsidiary, Central Maine Power (CMP), has begun exploring how to help advance this hydrogen type consumption in existing manufacturing processes collaboratively.

Reception

Worth noting, on the Gulf Coast, Avangrid Renewables identified opportunities to support green hydrogen for industrial use. Also, potential projects include a large-scale electrolysis project in Corpus Christi, Texas; particularly, to convert low-cost Texas wind power into green hydrogen and ultimately into ammonia.

Accordingly, Avangrid CEO Dennis Arriola said; “We believe the time for green hydrogen as a viable, clean energy fuel has come. Accordingly, our partners at Iberdrola in Spain and ScottishPower in the U.K. are already developing commercial-scale these hydrogen type projects. 

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