Energy Efficiency, Sourcing Renewables - November 7, 2022
City of Lancaster Partners to Produce Green Hydrogen
The City of Lancaster announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Heliogen, Inc., a California-based renewable energy technology company to create a green hydrogen generation facility that will support the city’s vision to become a model for hydrogen production in the U.S.
This relationship is expected to accelerate the novel use of concentrating solar thermal energy for a commercial hydrogen generation facility and build upon the existing relationship between the City of Lancaster and Heliogen, which sited its demonstration test facility in the city in 2019.
“The City of Lancaster is pleased to announce its latest innovative project with Heliogen. Founder and CEO of Heliogen, Bill Gross, has been a longtime partner and friend. I am thrilled we can continue our collaboration by helping to create a sustainable future and continue to combat climate extinction through shared leadership and development of renewable hydrogen,” said R. Rex Parris, mayor of the City of Lancaster in a statement. “Together, we will accelerate the city’s net-zero vision and expand our hydrogen capabilities throughout the greater Los Angeles region, which could support the ARCHES hydrogen hub proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy.”
The facility is expected to leverage Heliogen’s patented technology to use AI and advanced computer vision software to concentrate sunlight and could generate up to 1500 metric tons per year of carbon-free hydrogen, which can provide significant economic development potential. The Heliogen facility could help support other projects within the city and region, including sustainable aviation fuel for hydrogen-powered aircraft, fueling stations for hydrogen-powered vehicles, and sales and distribution of hydrogen fuel for industrial processes such as vertical agriculture, cement, and mining.