Duke Energy, a prominent electric utility company, has announced plans to establish a pioneering project dedicated to generating clean energy through a comprehensive system for producing, storing, and utilizing 100% green hydrogen in Florida.
This forward-looking initiative is the result of a collaborative effort involving Duke Energy, construction management, and consulting firm Sargent and Lundy, as well as General Electric's unit, GE Vernova. The project will be strategically located at Duke's existing facilities in DeBary, as revealed in an official statement by the company.
Green hydrogen, created through the process of water electrolysis using renewable energy sources, is anticipated to play a pivotal role in the decarbonization of various industries, particularly in the field of transportation.
The construction of the demonstration project in DeBary is set to commence later this year, with an estimated timeline of approximately one year for its completion, according to Duke Energy.
The innovative system will begin with the utilization of the existing 74.5-megawatt (MW) DeBary solar plant to provide clean energy for two 1-MW electrolyzer units. Duke Energy envisions the new system to be fully installed and operational by the year 2024.
This endeavor reflects Duke Energy's commitment to exploring sustainable energy solutions and contributing to the development of green hydrogen technology, aligning with broader efforts to reduce carbon emissions and foster environmentally responsible energy practices.