A team of Pacific Northwest public and private organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the development of what could be one of North America’s largest renewable hydrogen production facilities.
Planned to be developed in Eugene, Oregon, the facility will demonstrate how renewable and low-carbon electricity can be transformed into green hydrogen through the power-to-gas process.
Project partners Eugene Water & Electric Board, NW Natural and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, will look to recreate existing models of successful power-to-gas installations and explore the utilisation of some hydrogen directly in fuel cells for backup electricity generation.
Frank Lawson, General Manager at EWEB, said, “We’re very excited to be part of the unique and innovative partnership that looks at energy issues holistically and include organisations across the energy spectrum with complementary interests.”
“This is a good example of another step we can take to explore and develop sustainable and practical climate solutions for our region.”
Green hydrogen produced at the facility will be contribute to the long-term decarbonisation of energy systems, including transportation, heating, manufacturing and other processes.
David Anderson, NW Natural President and CEO, said, “By combining new technologies with renewables developed for the pipeline network and lower use through energy efficiency, we see no technical barrier to a carbon-neutral natural gas system.”
“It’s a strategy already emerging in Europe and it’s our vision forward.”