Plug Power restarts operations at Tennessee hydrogen plant

Plug Power has added around 10 tonnes per day of liquid hydrogen supply back onto the US market, having today (6th February) announced the restart of its Charleston, Tennessee-based hydrogen plant.

But the US hydrogen solutions firm hasn’t just restarted its plant. It’s also enhanced the facility with several design improvements.

Once produced, Plug Power’s cryogenic trailer fleet will deliver liquid hydrogen to customers clustered mainly throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast.

Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power, said that with the Tennessee plant, the company has taken another step towards building a vertically integrated hydrogen network in North America.

To further support its hydrogen network, Plug Power also expects to have its joint venture plant in Louisiana to come online in the third quarter of 2024. This plant will add an additional 15 tonnes per day of liquid hydrogen capacity to the market.

Sanjay Shrestha, General Manager of Energy Solutions and Chief Strategy Officer at Plug Power, added, “This liquid hydrogen production out of Georgia and Tennessee is expected to bring down the average cost of delivered hydrogen, positively impacting Plug Power’s fuel margins in line with our strategy.”

News of the Tennessee plant restart follows Plug Power last month (January 2024) announcing the start-up of what it says is the largest electrolytic hydrogen production plant and electrolyser deployment currently operating in the US.

Located in Woodbine, Georgia, and developed in 18 months, the plant is designed to produce 15 tonnes per day of liquid electrolytic hydrogen. This output is achieved with eight 5MW PEM electrolysers.

Read more: Electrolytic liquid hydrogen plant starts production in Georgia

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