Federal Government Grants Pasadena Company Exclusive Right to Arizona Energy Zone for Green Hydrogen Production – Pasadena Now

Pasadena-headquartered Heliogen Inc. said the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has granted the company the exclusive right to lease land in the Brenda Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) in the county. of La Paz, Arizona.

The company said it intends to develop a green hydrogen facility at the site – located on 3,343 acres of land on the California border – which will be capable of producing around 20,000 metric tons of hydrogen per year. .

The Brenda SEZ has direct access to Interstate 10 for hydrogen distribution to nearby gas pipelines for blending and transportation, as well as to the Phoenix metro area and the Port of Los Angeles for domestic shipping and international.

“The Brenda SEZ is an ideal location for commercial-scale green hydrogen production due to the abundant local water supply and its proximity to potential offtake partners and key distribution channels,” said Bill Gross, CEO of Heliogen. “We look forward to providing updates on our facility development plans and will leverage our proprietary AI-enabled concentrated solar power technology to produce cost-effective green hydrogen.”

In November 2021, Heliogen and San Jose-based Bloom Energy Corp. successfully generated green hydrogen by integrating Heliogen’s concentrated solar power system and Bloom Energy’s high-temperature solid oxide electrolyzer during a demonstration of hydrogen production in Lancaster. The demonstration showed the benefits of combining the two companies’ complementary green energy and hydrogen production technologies.

Heliogen’s AI-enabled concentrated solar power system is designed to create carbon-free non-intermittent steam, electricity and heat from sunlight. When combined with Bloom Energy’s electrolyzer, the system can produce hydrogen with 45% higher efficiency compared to low temperature PEMs (polymer electrolyte membrane) and alkaline electrolyzers.

By using less electricity, Heliogen’s hydrogen generation technology is more economical. Additionally, the ability to use heat – a much cheaper energy source than electricity – further improves the economics of green hydrogen production.

As a renewable energy technology company, Heliogen is focused on eliminating the need for fossil fuels in heavy industry and powering a sustainable future. Its AI-enabled modular concentrated solar technology aims to deliver carbon-free energy in the form of heat, electricity or green hydrogen at large scale.

Heliogen was created at Idealab, the leading technology incubator founded by Bill Gross in Pasadena in 1996. For more information, visit www.Heliogen.com.

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