Bloom Energy revealed today (July 22) plans to cooperate with Heliogen to produce green hydrogen using only concentrated solar power and water to support the global energy transition.
By combining near 24/7 carbon-free power and steam, generated by Heliogen’s Sunlight Refinery solar power generation system, with Bloom Energy’s highly efficient solid oxide electrolyser, the companies will produce green hydrogen.
This green hydrogen could replace fossil-derived fuels in commercial and industrial applications.
Bloom Energy’s electrolysers operating on steam are said to be nearly 30% more efficient than low-temperature electrolysers such as polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) and alkaline.
The complementary technologies make for economically viable green hydrogen production, on par with hydrogen produced from photovoltaic solar generation.
The companies’ first integrated solution is intended to be deployed at Heliogen’s facility in Lancaster, California by the end of 2021.
Bill Gross, founder and CEO of Heliogen, said, “We developed our AI-powered Sunlight Refinery knowing that green hydrogen is a key element in decarbonizing global transport.
“By coupling our technology with Bloom Energy’s electrolysers, we can produce this crucially important fuel at an attractive price point.
“We will further enhance our Sunlight Refinery’s technology with the addition of Bloom Energy’s market-leading technology, and we have found a committed and invaluable partner in our mission to help decarbonize the entire global economy.”
Venkat Venkataraman, Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at Bloom Energy, said, “We are always on the lookout for complementary technology to accelerate the path to zero and negative carbon, and that’s exactly what we plan to do with Heliogen.
“By providing efficient and more cost-effective hydrogen production, we believe we can drive rapid adoption of green hydrogen to accelerate the zero-carbon energy transition in these industries.”
Interview: South Korea hydrogen economy
Want to learn about hydrogen developments in South Korea?
Joanna Sampson, Editor for H2 View, interviewed Dilshod Akbarov, Energy Specialist at Intralink Korea, to find out more.
Whilst China and Japan are at the forefront of hydrogen infrastructure buildouts in the Asia-Pacific region, and many of the headlines, South Korea has its own ambitious plans.
The South Korean Government sees hydrogen as a new engine for economic growth and central to the country’s shift to a low-carbon economy in the long-term.
President Moon Jae-in announced his government’s determination to build a hydrogen economy in 2019, built on a roadmap which would see the country produce 6.2 million units of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and build 1,200 refuelling stations by 2040.
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