Air Products (NYSE: APD) – a leader in hydrogen production is ramping up its capabilities to serve the energy transition. It is partnering with AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) – a global energy company, to build and operate a $4 billion mega-scale green hydrogen facility, located in Wilbarger County, Texas.
The plant will be able to produce over 200 metric tons per day of green hydrogen and will be powered by approximately 1.4 gigawatts of renewable electricity – wind and solar.
With a capacity of over over 200 metric tons per day of the essential for the energy transition fuel, the plant is becoming the US’s largest facility of this kind announced to date. It should begin commercial operation in 2027.
The project is expected to save massive amounts of CO2 emissions. It should eliminate around 1.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually if the green hydrogen is used in the heavy-duty truck market when compared to diesel use.
Over its lifetime, Air Products and AES project is expected to avoid more than 50 million metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of avoiding emissions from nearly five billion gallons of diesel fuel.
The green hydrogen plant would also create more than 1,300 construction, 115 permanent operations jobs, and 200 transportation and distribution jobs. It should generate approximately $500 million in tax benefits to the state over the course of its lifetime.
“We are very pleased to announce this exciting joint venture with AES, which is one of the leading renewable energy companies in America… We have been working on the development of this project with AES for many years and it will be competitive on a world-scale while bringing significant tax, job and energy security benefits to Texas. We are excited to move forward and make clean green hydrogen available to U.S. customers in the near future,” commented Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer on the AES partnership.