Plug Power Inc plans to build a green hydrogen production plant in Camden County, Georgia, to serve the southeastern US.
The plan is a part of the company’s first North American green hydrogen supply network and will produce 15 tons/day of liquid green hydrogen intended for transportation applications, such as material handling and fuel cell electric vehicle fleets. The US$ 84 million plant will be ready for operation by 2022.
With proximity to Interstate 95 (I-95), the main north-south highway on the East Coast of the US, the plant location enables easy access to the region’s commercial and industrial centres, including Plug Power customers like Home Depot and Southern Company.
Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power, said, “With this hydrogen production plant, we are expanding our green hydrogen network to provide zero-emissions fuel to customers in Georgia and across the Southeast.”
Plug Power has signed a purchase power agreement with Okefenokee Rural Electric Membership Corporation to source the renewable electricity for powering the plant and has signed an MoU with Camden County Joint Development Authority for land and local site support. The exact plant location will be finalised later this year.
Dr C. Grayson Day, Kingsland Mayor, said, “We look forward to working with Plug Power and our state and local economic development partners on this exciting project that clearly demonstrates that Kingsland is open for business.”
Griff Lynch, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Executive Director, said, “The Ports of Savannah and Brunswick provide the capacity needed for auto part imports and auto exports, making the I-95 corridor perfectly suited for this type of development.”
The Camden County plant joins previously announced facilities in South Central Pennsylvania and the Western New York Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing (STAMP) Park as key milestones toward Plug Power’s goal of producing over 500 tonnes/day of hydrogen by 2025.
It is assessed that the hydrogen economy is expected to boost, reaching up to 500-800 million tonnes/year in demand by 2050, accounting for around 20% of global energy demand.