In a move that will help New York achieve its climate goals, Linde will construct a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser plant in Niagara Falls that will produce green hydrogen on a commercial scale – and it is expected to be operational in 2023.
The industrial gas giant’s first North American PEM plant, the facility will utilise existing infrastructure at the Niagara Falls facility and will be powered by renewable energy sourced from the Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Station.
Featuring Linde’s latest technology, and making use of the electricity source, hydrogen produced at the site will be truly green. Once produced, the hydrogen will be supplied to customers through existing infrastructure at the Linde Niagara Falls site.
Empire State Development announced the news on September 8 with Kevin Younis, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner at Empire State Development, commenting, “Linde’s production of green hydrogen generated by hydroelectric power at Niagara Falls will help the company invest in and deploy technology of the future and continue to upskill its Niagara County workforce.
“By providing an emission-free fuel that can be used for hard-to-electrify industrial and other power needs, Linde’s project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the State’s climate goals, as well as fulfil the WNYREDC’s focus on innovation and sustainability in its tradeable sector of advanced manufacturing.”
Supporting the major development, Empire State Development has offered tax credits of up to $671,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Programme and also provided a Regional Council Capital fund grant of $250,000.
City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino, added, “Linde has called Niagara Falls its home for many years, it is a great sign of growth and innovation for our city that the company has chosen Niagara Falls for this state-of-the-art facility.
“Niagara Falls has been at the centre of green energy for over 150 years, and we are proud that Linde, one of our leading industrial employers, is building the first North American PEM plant in Niagara Falls. Thank you to Empire State Development for its efforts to bring this project to Niagara Falls.”
How Linde is scaling up to serve the growing hydrogen mobility market in North America
Linde is currently in the process of retrofitting its Ontario, California plant to produce green hydrogen to fuel the US state’s mobility market. Targeting the second quarter of 2021 for full commercialisation, the facility will manufacture green hydrogen using renewable methane, in addition to producing conventional hydrogen.
With this investment, the US-German industrial gas giant will be able to initially produce 2.6 metric tons of green hydrogen per day – enough to fuel up to 1,600 vehicles a day – helping to avoid up to 50,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. As demand for green hydrogen grows, Linde plans to expand its capacity accordingly, and revealed to H2 View that the US mobility market is a big focus for the company.
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