Mitsubishi Power has delivered the first shipment of major equipment for its Hydaptive integrated hydrogen production plant forming part of the Advanced Clean Energy Storage Hub (ACES Delta Hub) in Delta, Utah.
Hydaptive will use renewable energy through electrolysis to produce green hydrogen by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. The Hydaptive package is meant to provide a near-instantaneous power balancing resource that enhances the ability of a simple cycle or combined-cycle power plant to ramp output up and down to provide grid-balancing services.
The package integrates a hydrogen and natural gas-fueled gas turbine power plant with electrolysis to produce green hydrogen using 100% renewable power and onsite storage of green hydrogen. Hydaptive is available for new gas turbine power plants or as a retrofit to existing plants to improve flexibility and extend asset life.
Mitsubishi Power’s delivery of equipment is being coordinated with the onsite construction schedule to optimize the overall project timeline, the company said. Once completed, the company says the system at ACES Delta Hub will nearly double the annual production levels of clean hydrogen worldwide.
ACES Delta Hub
The ACES Delta Hub, a joint project led by Mitsubishi Power Americas and Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s New Energies Company (formerly Magnum Development), is a large-scale clean hydrogen facility designed to produce, store, and deliver green hydrogen to the western U.S.
The hub will initially be capable of converting 220 MW of renewable energy into almost 100 metric tons per day of green hydrogen, which will then be stored in two massive salt caverns, having a storage capacity of more than 300 GWh of dispatchable clean energy. These salt caverns are located within the only major geologic salt dome formation in the western U.S.
A pipeline from the ACES Delta Hub will supply hydrogen to the nearby Intermountain Power Agency’s “IPP Renewed” power plant project to achieve seasonal, dispatchable renewable energy storage utilizing two Mitsubishi Power J-series gas turbines. The turbines will use up to 30 percent hydrogen blended with natural gas at start-up, with a goal of transitioning up to 100 percent hydrogen by 2045 or sooner. Together, the turbines have a capacity of 840 MW of electricity generation.
Notably, the ACES Delta Hub was not included in $7 billion in federal hydrogen hub funding from the DOE. Funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the seven H2Hubs are located around the U.S. and aim to jumpstart a national network of clean hydrogen producers, consumers and connective infrastructure. Each hub will include clean hydrogen production, storage, delivery and end-use components.
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