Ohmium building 1 GW in Hydrogen while Hero Future Energies powers Electrolyzers with Renewables

Jan. 7, 2022
Ohmium designs, builds and deploys polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzers, while Hero will build and operate green energy projects, such as solar and wind, to power the H2 production facilities

Two energy transition firms are banding together on a plan to build out 1 GW of green hydrogen production capacity in India, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Renewables and energy storage developer Hero Future Energies will work with Ohmium International to deploy the H2 production which will utilize low or no-carbon electrolysis. Ohmium designs, builds and deploys polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzers (pictured), which separate the hydrogen out of water.

Hero will build and operate green energy projects, such as solar and wind, to power the H2 production facilities and assume overall ownership of the assets, according to the release.

“We are very pleased to partner with Ohmium – their patented electrolyzer technology enables them to design and construct hydrogen production facilities faster and more efficiently than anyone else,” Srivatsan Iyer, global CEO of Hero Future Energies, said in a statement. “By coupling Ohmium's hydrogen expertise with HFE's knowledge and experience as a Renewable Energy developer, we will meet and perhaps even exceed our ambitious target of 1,000 MW (1 GW).”

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Many utilities and companies in the commercial and industrial sectors are striving to reach net-zero carbon emission from energy activities by 2050. Many believe that energy resiliency, in the face of climate disaster and intermittency of renewable energy, will need baseload power supply.

Hydrogen, which does not emit carbon when burned, is considered by many to an important step in the journey to lower carbon emissions. Gas turbine manufacturers such as Mitsubishi Power, Siemens, Cummins and Caterpillar are working on infusing H2 within the gas-fired mix, while engineering and construction firms such as Black & Veatch are engaged in hydrogen production and storage projects.

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(Rod Walton, senior editor for EnergyTech, is a 14-year veteran of covering the energy industry both as a newspaper and trade journalist. He can reached at [email protected]).

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Rod Walton has spent 15 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist. He formerly was energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World. Later, he spent six years covering the electricity power sector for Pennwell and Clarion Events. He joined Endeavor and EnergyTech in November 2021.

Walton earned his Bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. His career stops include the Moore American, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Wagoner Tribune and Tulsa World. 

EnergyTech is focused on the mission critical and large-scale energy users and their sustainability and resiliency goals. These include the commercial and industrial sectors, as well as the military, universities, data centers and microgrids. The C&I sectors together account for close to 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

He was named Managing Editor for Microgrid Knowledge and EnergyTech starting July 1, 2023

Many large-scale energy users such as Fortune 500 companies, and mission-critical users such as military bases, universities, healthcare facilities, public safety and data centers, shifting their energy priorities to reach net-zero carbon goals within the coming decades. These include plans for renewable energy power purchase agreements, but also on-site resiliency projects such as microgrids, combined heat and power, rooftop solar, energy storage, digitalization and building efficiency upgrades.

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