McDermott joins H2 @ Scale in Texas and beyond
McDermott International Ltd has joined a consortium of public, private and academic partners collaborating on a demonstration and US Department of Energy project framework for H2 @ Scale in Texas and beyond. The project is supported by the Office of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies of the DOE within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. H2 @ Scale in Texas and beyond intends to show that renewable hydrogen can be a cost effective fuel for multiple end applications, including fuel cell electric vehicles, when paired with heavy consumers. bases that use hydrogen for clean and reliable stationary energy.
McDermott’s involvement will add additional expertise to the team’s capabilities in delivering integrated energy infrastructure and underscores McDermott’s commitment to making hydrogen a key driver for low-carbon and affordable energy. The project will take advantage of Texas’ vast resources – wind power, solar power, underground salt domed storage formations, hydrogen pipelines, natural gas infrastructure, international port operations, and large concentrated industrial infrastructure – to demonstrate the potential of H2. @Scale of the DOE. initiative.
The partnership is currently focused on two distinct initiatives:
The University of Texas at Austin will host an unprecedented integration of hydrogen production, distribution, storage and commercial use. Project partners will generate carbon-free hydrogen on-site by electrolysis with solar and wind power and the reformation of renewable natural gas from a landfill in Texas. This is the first time that the two sources of renewable hydrogen will be used in the same project. The hydrogen will power a stationary fuel cell to deliver clean, reliable power to the Texas Advanced Computing Center and will power a hydrogen station with zero-emission fuel to fill a fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles.
At the Port of Houston, the project team will carry out a feasibility study to increase the production and use of hydrogen. The team will assess available resources, potential hydrogen users and delivery infrastructure, such as existing pipelines that supply hydrogen to refineries. The study will examine policies, regulations and the economy so that the industry can develop a strategic action plan to present to policy makers, enabling the transport of heavy fuel cells and energy systems.
H2 @ Scale is a US Department of Energy (DOE) initiative led by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to enable the production, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen at an affordable price in several sectors of the economy. It includes projects funded by the DOE and national activities co-funded by laboratories and industry to accelerate research, development and demonstration of hydrogen technologies and advance the H2 @ Scale vision. For more information, visit www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/h2scale.