(Invenergy, 22.Jul.2022) — Invenergy, the largest privately held global developer, owner, and operator of sustainable energy solutions, has announced its first green hydrogen project. The 5-acre Sauk Valley Hydrogen project will generate green hydrogen by utilizing power from Invenergy’s co-located solar plant and Ohmium International low-carbon, electrolyzer technology.
“The Invenergy team is incredibly excited to launch our first green hydrogen venture as we continue to lead the transition to a clean energy future,” said Matt Nicholls, Vice President, Origination New Technologies at Invenergy. “Green hydrogen is an innovative, zero-carbon solution that enables us to decarbonize sectors across the economy through clean power. Green hydrogen projects can scale rapidly and efficiently to reach megawatt to gigawatt applications. We are proud to be working with Ohmium International as we launch this green hydrogen development.”
The Sauk Valley Hydrogen Project is expected to generate up to 52 tons of hydrogen annually. The project will have capacity to store up to 400 kilograms (kg) of hydrogen on site and can provide hydrogen to Invenergy’s 584-megawatt Nelson Energy Center. Sauk Valley’s loading capability will enable any excess hydrogen generated at the facility to be shipped and used offsite.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Invenergy, one of the largest and most well-respected renewable energy developers in the world, on their first green hydrogen project,” said Arne Ballantine, CEO of Ohmium International. “We hold a shared vision, and we are eager to pair their industry expertise with our intuitive, low-carbon, PEM electrolyzers to further advance domestic green hydrogen production.”
Ohmium’s leading edge modular PEM electrolyzer is capable of generating 6 kg of hydrogen per hour and will utilize renewable energy produced by Invenergy’s local solar plant to power the process. This project will demonstrate the capability of Ohmium green hydrogen generation coupled with the power of Invenergy’s renewable energy facility.
Sauk Valley Hydrogen, located in Nelson Township, Illinois, is Invenergy’s twenty-first development in the state. Invenergy, whose global headquarters is located in Chicago, adds a 5th technology to its Illinois portfolio that already includes, wind, solar, and thermal generation as well as advanced energy storage projects. The project is set to break ground in the coming months and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022.