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New York state awards $12.7m to three hydrogen storage projects
New York state awards $12.7m to three hydrogen storage projects

New York state awards $12.7m to three hydrogen storage projects

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded nearly $13m to three hydrogen storage projects in a hope to advance renewable energy integration and cut emissions in the state.

$12.5m is destined for Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, LLC which plans to demonstrate nuclear-hydrogen fuelled peak power generation, paired with long duration hydrogen energy storage unit, which it hopes will reduce emissions from the New York Independent System Operation electric grid.

Plans for the production of hydrogen from the Oswego, US-based plant were announced in 2021, which would see Exelon partner with Nel, Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and the National Energy Laboratory.

Read more: Exelon Generation receives US DOE grant to explore hydrogen production at Oswego nuclear station

Power to Hydrogen is set to receive $100,000 to develop a reversible fuel cell system for hydrogen production and energy storage, which it has dubbed the Clean Energy Bridge. The company says it will also use the grant to facilitate the system’s readiness for demonstration and commercial adoption.

Read more: Reversible fuel cells

A further $100,000 will be made available to ROCCERA to evaluate and demonstrate a commercially viable solid oxide electrolyser cell (SOEC) prototype for clean hydrogen production.

The $12.7m hydrogen focused project funding comes as part of a total of $16.6m in awards from NYSERDA’s Renewable Optimisation and Energy Storage Innovation Programme, supporting the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goals of installing 3,000MW of energy storage by 2030, while facilitating the further development to 6,000MW.

Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York state, said, “Innovative, forward-thinking approaches to transforming the way energy is stored are critical to fighting climate change and transitioning to a clean energy economy.

“New York is making bold investments in clean energy, and this $16.6m in awards for projects that harness renewable energy and under-utilised long duration energy storage solutions will be a game changer for meeting the state’s ambitious climate and energy goals. By advancing new and more sustainable energy storage technologies, we are ushering in a cleaner, greener future for New York.”

Hochul in March this year (2022) confirmed that New York wants to become a hydrogen hub, as the state signed a multi-state agreement with 40 hydrogen ecosystem partners to develop a proposal for its ambitions, to receive US federal funding to develop a regional hydrogen hub.

Read more: New York Governor publicises hydrogen hub ambitions

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