A 300 GWh underground hydrogen storage plant in Utah, US, is about to start construction. The project is developed by Mitsubishi Power Americas and Magnum Development. Recently Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office awarded a US$ 504.4M loan guarantee for the development of the project. Advanced Clean Energy Storage I, LLC is the loan recipient.
The underground hydrogen storage plant in Utah will include two 150 GWh-capable caverns for storing hydrogen in two enormous salt caverns. The hydrogen will be produced by Intermountain Power Agency’s IPP Renewed Project. The latter is a nearby 840 MW hydrogen-capable gas turbine combined cycle power plant.
The plant will initially run on a blend of 30% green hydrogen and 70% natural gas starting in 2025. This is according to a statement from Aces Delta. Furthermore, the statement noted that the facility will slowly expand to 100% green hydrogen by 2045.
Development mode of the underground hydrogen storage plant in Utah
The underground hydrogen storage plant in Utah will be built under an engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contract. The contract has been awarded to US-based contractor WSP USA. The latter is a Canadian company providing management and consultancy services to the built and natural environment
Stored green hydrogen turns into an energy reserve that may be released at any time to provide fuel for electric power generation. The underground hydrogen storage plant in Utah, in addition, to the storage caverns makes up the Advanced Clean Energy Storage hub. The plant will use 220 MW of electrolyzers to convert renewable energy into up to 100 metric tons of green hydrogen each day.
The project’s development started in May 2019.