Chemical maker Chemours Co is partnering with TC Energy Corp to develop two clean hydrogen production facilities in West Virginia.
The facilities will be located at or near Chemours’ Washington Works and Belle manufacturing sites in West Virginia, and will convert water into clean hydrogen using renewable energy to power electrolyzers.
Clean hydrogen has gained increasing attention from governments worldwide for its potential as an alternative fuel for vehicles and energy plants. However, the high cost of producing clean hydrogen has limited its widespread adoption. The partnership between Chemours and TC Energy aims to address this challenge by creating new clean hydrogen production facilities that leverage renewable energy.
The agreement between Chemours and TC Energy covers the development, construction, and operation of the clean hydrogen production facilities and associated infrastructure. The partnership is expected to leverage the strengths of both companies, with Chemours providing expertise in chemical production and TC Energy contributing expertise in energy infrastructure.
The new facilities will not only reduce the carbon footprint of Chemours’ manufacturing operations but also have the potential to provide a significant source of clean hydrogen for the region. The project aligns with the goal of the US Department of Energy’s H2@Scale initiative, which aims to develop affordable, large-scale hydrogen production, storage, transport, and use across multiple sectors of the economy.
However, the project may face challenges in terms of the cost and availability of renewable energy in the region. The development of clean hydrogen production facilities requires a significant amount of electricity, which can be expensive when generated from renewable sources. Additionally, the availability of renewable energy may be limited in certain regions, making it difficult to scale up clean hydrogen production.