Retired coal-fired plant in New Mexico to host hydrogen-based project

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April 14 (Renewables Now) - Newpoint Gas LLC and Brooks Energy Company have formed a partnership known as Escalante H2 Power, which intends to repurpose a now retired coal-fired power plant in New Mexico to a zero-emission, hydrogen-fired power facility.

The companies announced on Wednesday that Escalante H2 Power has signed a letter of intent with wholesale power supply cooperative Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc to buy the 253-MW Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt and use it as the site for their project.

Newpoint has agreed to license its patent-pending, zero-emission modular design technology to Escalante H2 Power. The firm’s process incorporates a steam methane reformer with hydrogen purification to separate the hydrogen and carbon dioxide pre-combustion. Carbon sequestration takes place underground and the pure hydrogen is used as fuel to produce steam and generate electricity.

The use of this technology allows for the generation of net zero emissions dispatchable power and the supply of fresh water, produced from the combustion of hydrogen, Newpoint noted.

The Escalante station came offline at the very end of August 2020 after exhausting its remaining on-site fuel supply. It started operations back in 1984.

At the time of the closure, Tri-State said it had signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) that will support the construction of a 200-MW solar park near the plant site in 2023.

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