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June 17, 2021

Plug Power to build green US hydrogen plant

Increasing importance of hydrogen to future mobility fuels can be gauged by new Georgia plant.

By Simon Warburton

Plug Power has unveiled plans to build a green hydrogen production plant in Camden County, Georgia, to serve customers across the South Eastern US.

The plant will produce 15 tons per day of liquid green hydrogen, manufactured using 100% renewable energy and intended to fuel transportation including material handling and fuel cell electric vehicle fleets.

Plug Power is investing US$84m in the facility, which is expected to create at least 24 jobs in the local community starting in 2022.

Plug Power maintains with proximity to Interstate 95 (I-95), the main North-South highway on the East Coast of the US, the location enables access to the region’s commercial and industrial centres, including its customers such as Home Depot and Southern Company.

“With this hydrogen production plant, we are expanding our green hydrogen network to provide zero-emissions fuel to customers in Georgia and across the South East,” said Plug Power CEO, Andy Marsh.

Plug Power is working with local and State authorities as it moves forward with the project. It has inked a Purchase Power Agreement with Okefenokee Rural Electric Membership Corporation to source the renewable electricity needed to power the plant.

Additionally, the company is entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with Camden County Joint Development Authority for land and local site support. The exact location for the plant and details about construction and job openings will be announced on finalisation later this year.

“We look forward to working with Plug Power and our State and local economic development partners on this project that demonstrates Kingsland is open for business,” said Kingsland Mayor, Grayson Day.

Assistant director, Alyce Thornhill, represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce division on the project in partnership with the Camden County Joint Development Authority, Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Power and Okefenokee EMC.

“Having Plug Power expand its footprint to Georgia is exciting news for this growing industry,” said Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director, Griff Lynch.

“The Ports of Savannah and Brunswick provide the capacity needed for auto part imports and auto exports, making the I-95 corridor 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 more than 500 tons per day of hydrogen by 2025.

Together with Plug Power’s existing plant in Tennessee, acquired in 2020 as part of its vertical integration strategy and its PEM stack and electrolyser Innovation Centre in Rochester, NY, the comapany maintains the plant strengthens its position in advancing the clean hydrogen ecosystem.

Plug Power says it is already the largest buyer of liquid hydrogen globally and has built more hydrogen refuelling stations than any other company in the world.

Growth in the hydrogen economy is expected to accelerate, reaching up to 500m-800m tonnes used per year by 2050 and making up 20% of global energy demand.

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