FPL Starts Green' Hydrogen Pilot Project - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables  -  February 28, 2022

FPL Starts Green Hydrogen Pilot Project

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced it will launch the Cavendish NextGen Hydrogen Hub, the state’s first of its kind "green” hydrogen plant to generate less carbon in the environment. 

Cummins Inc. will supply a 25 MW electrolyzer system for the hydrogen hub. 

“At FPL, we are always looking over the horizon and focused on making smart, long-term investments to build a more modern, stronger and cleaner energy grid that future generations can depend on,” said Eric Silagy, FPL President and CEO, in a statement. “Since building our first solar energy center in 2009, FPL has constructed 50 solar energy centers, commissioned the world’s largest solar-powered battery and embarked on innovative pilot programs to advance microgrid technology and EV charging while eliminating coal from our fleet in Florida. Now we are helping usher in the next era of Florida’s clean energy future with a 'green' hydrogen pilot project that could be key to unlocking 100% carbon-free electricity.”

The FPL Cavendish NextGen Hydrogen Hub will leverage solar energy to power the electrolysis process that produces carbon-free hydrogen from water and will be blended with natural gas and used to power an existing combustion turbine at the co-located FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy Center. The system will be composed of five Cummins HyLYZER®-1000 PEM electrolyzers for a total of 25 MW or 10.8 tons of hydrogen produced per day.

FPL is now over 50% of the way toward completing its “30-by-30" goal of installing 30 million solar panels. The goal is expected to be reached five years earlier in 2025. In 2021, the company also commissioned a solar-powered battery located in Manatee County in addition to closing and dismantling the company’s last coal plant in Florida.

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