Mitsubishi’s multi-billion-dollar green hydrogen production and storage projects
Mitsubishi Power is accelerating the path toward 100% carbon-free power generation by launching the world’s first standard packages for green hydrogen integration.
Besides two announced hydrogen production projects, Mitsubishi recently reported it has been selected as the green hydrogen storage integrator for three more projects totaling more than $3 billion using two new standard packages.
One, the Hydaptive™ package, provides renewable energy flexibility by acting as a near-instantaneous power balancing resource that greatly enhances the ability of a simple cycle or combined cycle power plant to ramp output up and down to provide grid balancing services.
It integrates hydrogen and natural gas fueled gas turbine power plants with electrolysis to produce green hydrogen using 100% renewable power and onsite storage of green hydrogen.
The Patent-pending Tomoni™ software and controls enable rapid load response by integrating operations of gas turbines and electrolysis plants. Mitsubishi says the package is available for new gas turbine projects or as a retrofit to existing plants to improve flexibility and extend asset life.
A separate Hystore™ package, combined with the adaptive package. provides access to an off-site utility scale hydrogen production and storage infrastructure.
Together they will enable large-scale renewable energy storage that shifts variable renewable energy over time from hours to seasons – to provide reliable and cost-effective carbon-free energy when the grid needs it most.
With these packages, Mitsubishi says it can seamlessly optimize integration across renewables, energy storage, and gas turbines working together to create and incorporate green hydrogen — the key to reaching zero-carbon emissions.
The green hydrogen energy storage system includes three key elements. First, electrolysis plants convert excess renewable energy into hydrogen. Next, storage mediums such as salt caverns, pipelines or above ground vessels store this “green hydrogen” for hours to seasons. Finally, hydrogen-enabled simple cycle or combined cycle gas turbine power plants convert the green hydrogen into centralized dispatchable electricity.
Together, this storage system enables further balancing of renewable energy and better equips states and utilities to reliably and cost effectively meet their climate goals.
Earlier green hydrogen projects in Delta, Utah, are the inspiration for the storage package. i.e. the Advanced Clean Energy Storage project and the $1.9 billion Intermountain Power Project.
All three new projects each include JAC gas turbine power islands initially capable of operating on 30% green hydrogen, with future capability of operating on 100% green hydrogen.
The first being developed by Danskammer Energy in Newburgh, New York, will provide New York State with a short- and long-range energy storage facility.
The second project, under development by Balico in Virginia, is a permitted 1,600MW Chickahominy project, which will supply green power to the Dominion Zone PJM market and Virginia.
The third project, under development by EmberClear in Cadiz, Ohio, is a permitted 1,084 MW Harrison project in Cadiz, Ohio, expected to be the first hydrogen-capable project to operate east the Mississippi River.
Mitsubishi Power’s packaged approach for all three hydrogen projects includes a technology, services and financial wrap, which ensures technical and commercial predictability and provides confidence that the integrated solutions will operate safely, reliably and cost effectively.