Plans have been unveiled for what is believed to be the largest green hydrogen facility on the west coast of the US.

Plug Power on Monday (20th September) said it is behind the development which will produce 30 metric tonnes of liquid green hydrogen daily in Fresno Country, California.

In order to produce the hydrogen, a new 300MW zero-carbon solar farm will be implemented to power 120MW of Plug Power’s PEM electrolysers.

Pending environmental and construction permitting approvals, Plug Power will break ground on the plant in early 2023. It is hoped the plant will be commissioned in early 2024. 

On the plans, Andy Marsh CEO of Plug Power, said, “Plug power is fully committed to a green hydrogen future and is investing heavily in building a green hydrogen ecosystem to support our customers’ efforts to achieve their sustainability goals.

“California is leading the world in the adoption of green hydrogen and renewable energy. Plug Power is product to be a part of that transition and to support the state’s continued leadership.”

Richard Corey, Executive Officer at CARB, added, “Plug Power has a long-standing commitment to fuel cell technology. With this project, they are taking an innovative, sustainable and low-impact approach to provide instate renewable hydrogen.

“This will help support the state’s target of carbon neutrality by 2045 or sooner, and continue to transition the transportation sector out of petroleum, including trucks that carry freight and cargo.

The new plant joins Plug power’s growing network of production facility in New York, Tennessee and George that will supply 500 tonnes of green hydrogen daily by 2025, and 1,000 tonnes daily by 2028.

When fully developed, it is hoped the network of US plants will offer fuel to customers at a cost-competitive price with diesel. Specifically, the California plant will supply customers from San Diego to Vancouver.