Hitachi Energy joins US DOE’s ‘H2@Scale’ in Texas and beyond

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Raleigh, North Carolina, June 6, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy has joined GTI Energy, Frontier Energy, the University of Texas Austin and other industry in the H2@Scale in Texas and Beyond initiative. US Department of Energy. stakeholders and partners. To the project, Hitachi Energy contributes its market-leading expertise in integrating utility-scale renewable energy sources with electricity grids and managing and orchestrating a variety of energy sources.

The ‘H2@Scale’ project includes multiple options for hydrogen production, such as a vehicle refueling station in addition to a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Most of the project’s activities will take place at the University of Texas JJ Pickle Research Center in Austin, Texas, with the goal of investigating the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of hydrogen generation from renewable sources. The project represents one of the largest collections of renewable hydrogen production, on-site storage and end-use technologies to be co-located, laying the foundation for expanding hydrogen’s role in decarbonizing Texas.

“Hitachi Energy is proud to be a key partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s ‘H2@Scale in Texas and Beyond’ project. The initiative comes at a crucial time in our commitment to advancing hydrogen production and its role in the evolving clean energy landscape,” said Anthony Allard, Executive Vice President and Region Head of North America at Hitachi Energy. “As hydrogen becomes a critical element in decarbonizing industries that are difficult to decarbonize, Hitachi Energy remains committed to driving innovation and sustainability on a global scale.”

Clean hydrogen is critical for decarbonizing hard-to-fight sectors such as metals, fertilizers, chemicals and oil and gas, while also electrifying remote construction sites and providing clean backup power where it is needed. Clean hydrogen production is an energy-intensive process in which electricity plays a central role.

Hitachi Energy is present across the entire hydrogen value chain, from early stage project initiation and design, due diligence and planning to ensuring grid compliance, power conversion systems and asset management solutions. The company is a global leader in power grids serving the utility, industrial and infrastructure sectors across the value chain, with more than 10 manufacturing sites in North America and R&D centers in Raleigh, NC and Montreal, QC.

Hitachi Energy researchers and experts will be directly involved in the operation of demonstration equipment, the installation of non-invasive monitoring equipment, as well as the development of procedures and applications to contribute to the monitoring, control and optimization of the overall system at the demonstration site. Hitachi Energy’s collaboration with the H2@Scale team will help collect critical data and insights on power quality, optimized system design and site operations that will enable future large-scale hydrogen plants.

Project teams will conduct feasibility studies to scale up hydrogen production and use, with the goal of developing a strategic plan and benefiting the implementation of the ‘H2@Scale’ project in the Port of Houston and the Gulf Coast region to come. These teams will also assess the opportunities to leverage pre-existing hydrogen pipelines, potential hydrogen users and large networks of concentrated industrial infrastructure to identify the environmental and economic benefits of hydrogen deployment in the region.

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About Hitachi Energy

Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We advance the global energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure and we work with customers and partners to enable a sustainable energy future – for today’s generations and generations to come. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and an unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries, serving customers in the utilities, industrial, transportation, data center and infrastructure sectors. With innovative technologies and services, including the integration of more than 150 gigawatts of HVDC connections into the energy system, we help make the energy value chain more efficient, making electricity more accessible to everyone. Together with stakeholders from all sectors and regions, we are enabling the digital transformation needed to accelerate the energy transition to a carbon-neutral future. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ approximately 45,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of approximately $13 billion USD.
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Hitachi stimulates Social Innovation Business and creates a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customer and society challenges with Lumada solutions that leverage IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under three business areas ‘Digital Systems & Services’ – supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” – contributing to a low-carbon society through energy and rail systems, and “Connective Industries” – connecting products via digital technology to provide solutions across industries. Driven by Digital, Green and Innovation, we strive for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s revenues in three industries for fiscal year 2023 (ended March 31, 2024) totaled 8,564.3 billion yen, with 573 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 270,000 employees worldwide. For more information about Hitachi, please visit the company’s website: https://www.hitachi.com.

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