United States – The Port of Corpus Christi Authority plans to develop renewable energy infrastructure on Port-owned property to support the production of green hydrogen.
The Port entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with funds managed by the Infrastructure and Power strategy of Ares with the intention of developing the infrastructure to support the production of green hydrogen and optionally to provide renewable power directly to the port and its customers.
Hydrogen helps decarbonization
Where hydrogen is typically produced by breaking the bond between hydrogen and carbon atoms in natural gas, with CO2 emissions, if not captured, green hydrogen is produced by passing an electric current — generated from a renewable energy source — through water (a process known as electrolysis) without any emissions. Electrolysis is gaining traction as part of the energy transition, as the hydrogen produced is a clean fuel that can be used in existing high carbon intensity industries and processes, such as refining, ammonia and fertilizer productions and thermal power generation. It also has the potential to be instrumental in difficult to decarbonize industries such as steel and cement production.
Renewable energy for port’s operations
The MOU outlines preliminary provisions for a renewable energy and clean fuel hub that will be comprised of solar facilities, battery storage facilities and electrolyzer facilities to be located on Port-owned property. The first set of facilities will be made up of an up to ~210MW solar project and an up to 840MWh battery storage facility, which will be capable of powering an electrolyzer facility to produce ~9,000 MT of green hydrogen per year, with the possibility of expanding the facilities over time, including for the optionally providing renewable power directly to the port’s operations.
The nonbinding MOU defines a range of possibilities for the ownership and operation of the infrastructure assets. Development activities will start immediately, with construction and operations of the different facilities expected over the next several years.