ABB signs deal with GHI to support Texas-based green hydrogen project

ABB’s automation, electrification, and digital technology could be integrated into a major power-to-x green hydrogen project, which is expected to support the production of one million tonnes of green ammonia annually in Texas.

The technology company today (19th March) confirmed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the plant’s developer, Green Hydrogen International (GHI), as part of its Hydrogen City project.

Hydrogen City is being designed as a phased project, with plans to add additional trains of production as the market for green hydrogen develops. Construction on the power-to-x green hydrogen plant is planned to start in 2026, with first production expected in 2030.

The power-to-x facility will use solar and onshore wind energy to power a 2.2GW electrolyser plant to produce 280,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, which will be turned into green ammonia.

ABB has already completed a feasibility study to develop an electrical system architecture that optimises return on investment for the project and supports compliance with EU legislation governing Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBO) and the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

It also plans to supply its Integrated Control Safety System with the distributed control system ABB Ability™ System 800xA® to improve efficiency, operator performance, and asset utilisation.

Looking beyond the above, the MoU’s scope also includes electrical motors and drives, measurement and analytics solutions, and power and process optimisation solutions.

Brandon Spencer, President of ABB Energy Industries, said, “We are proud to collaborate with GHI on Hydrogen City, to explore how our automation, electrification and digital technology can support and scale this ambitious green hydrogen production facility.”

For conversion into ammonia, the green hydrogen produced at the plant will be transported to an ammonia production facility via a 20-kilometer pipeline.

GHI is also in discussions with potential off-takers of green hydrogen as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel and e-methane production.

Brian Maxwell, CEO of GHI, added, “GHI is honoured to be partnering with ABB on our Hydrogen City project. Their top-notch expertise in power system architecture, automation, electrical, and digital systems provide enormous advantages for this complex project and supports our goal of producing the lowest-cost green hydrogen in South Texas.”

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