Air Products to invest $500 Million to build hydrogen plant in New York
Air Products announced plans to convert its global fleet of approximately 2,000 trucks to hydrogen fuel cell zero-emission vehicles.
Air Products plans to invest approximately $500 million to build a 35 metric ton/day plant to produce green liquid hydrogen at a greenfield site in Massena, New York, along with liquid hydrogen distribution and dispensing operations.
The commercial operation of this facility is targeted to begin in 2026-2027. In support of this Air Products’ project, in July 2022, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) board approved 94 MW of low-cost St. Lawrence hydroelectric power to Air Products for its significant investment and the creation of 90 jobs in New York State.
This project supports New York State’s goal of becoming a Regional Clean Energy Hydrogen Hub, as announced by Governor Kathy Hochul in March 2022. New York’s hydrogen hub ambitions directly support the goals of the State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
The facility’s low-carbon intensity liquid hydrogen production is expected to be sold to the mobility market in New York State and other potential northeast industrial markets. If all the hydrogen is used for the heavy-duty truck market, future climate benefits over the project’s lifetime would include avoiding more than six million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is equivalent to the emissions from over 600 million gallons of diesel used in heavy-duty trucks.
Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ Chairman, said, “We are very pleased to announce this proposed project as this shows our commitment to work closely with New York State to support its energy transition program by making real investments and creating highly paid jobs with our Massena green hydrogen project.”
Justin E. Driscoll, NYPA Interim President and CEO, said, “In supporting Air Products’ expansion in Massena, NYPA is furthering New York’s aggressive climate goals and helping to advance the state’s vision of becoming a regional hydrogen hub.”