A US Department of Energy (DOE) project titled ‘Demonstration and Framework for [email protected] in Texas and Beyond’, has today been launched by Frontier Energy, in close collaboration with GTI and the University of Texas at Austin.
Supported by DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the project intends to show that renewable hydrogen can be cost-effective for multiple end-use applications across the state and beyond.
Nico Bouwkamp, Frontier Energy’s [email protected] Project Manager, said, “The project [email protected] in Texas and Beyond brings hydrogen industry leaders together with enthusiastic and important new participants to design, build and operate the first dedicated renewable hydrogen network. It will demonstrate infrastructure safety and reliability in a real-world situation.”
“The project will also leverage Texas’ extensive resources – wind power, solar energy, underground salt-dome storage formations, hydrogen pipelines, natural gas infrastructure international port operations, and a large, concentrated industrial infrastructure – to demonstrate the potential of DOE’s [email protected] initiative.”
Michael Lewis, [email protected] Principle Investigator, added, “Hydrogen has significant potential to contribute to our nation’s domestic energy resources, enhance energy security, and enable economic growth, and Texas has the potential to become a leader in this space.”
In support of the [email protected] project, Frontier Energy is partnering with GTI, University of Texas at Austin, OneH2, Texas Gas Service, SoCalGas, Toyota. Motor North America, Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Air Liquide and PowerCell Sweden AB to conduct two related projects:
- UT-Austin will host a first-of-its-kind integration of commercial hydrogen production, distribution, storage and use. The project partners will generation zero carbon hydrogen onsite via electrolysis with solar and wind power and reformation of renewable natural gas from a Texas landfill. The hydrogen will power a stationary fuel cell to provide clean, reliable power for the Texas Advanced Computing Centre and supply a hydrogen refuelling station.
- At the Port of Houston, the project team will conduct a feasibility study for scaling up hydrogen production and use. The team will assess available resources, prospective hydrogen users, and delivery infrastructure, such as existing pipelines that supply hydrogen to refineries.