Ballard Power Systems and Hydrogene de France (HDF Energy) have started building the CEOG Renewstable Power Plant in French Guiana.
CEOG is the world’s first multi-megawatt, baseload hydrogen power plant and the largest green hydrogen storage of intermittent renewable electricity sources. The $200 million projects will combine a solar park, long-term hydrogen and short-term battery storage and fuel cells specified by HDF, based on Ballard’s ClearGen architecture.
It is expected that the two 1.5 MW fuel cell systems, to be delivered by mid-2023. The systems will use Ballard’s core FCgen-LCS stack technology. It is the first order for a new generation of MW power fuel cell systems dedicated to stationary applications, which will be mass-produced in the HDF facility in Bordeaux.
CEOG plant is designed and developed by HDF will supply 100% renewable, stable and dispatchable power to the equivalent of 10k households at a lower cost than a diesel power plant, but without any emission.
CEOG is the first part of a multi-staged development agreement between Ballard and HDF, initially announced in December 2019.
Damien Havard, CEO of HDF Energy, said, “By supplying non-intermittent renewable energy, CEOG – which we are working to replicate across the world – opens a new era for renewable energies.”
Rob Campbell, Ballard’s CCO, said, “Ballard’s leading Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell technology is well-suited for utility power systems such as this, which require proven reliability, dependability and operating performance in heavy-duty applications.”