Louisville-based PCC Hydrogen Inc (PCC H2) is making significant strides in the production of low carbon and negative carbon hydrogen with its plans to construct a pilot hydrogen production plant in Cloverdale, Indiana.
Located near the US 231 and Interstate 70 interchange, this innovative facility aims to decarbonize local industries while providing job opportunities for the community.
PCC H2’s plant will showcase an efficient process that converts ethanol, a logistically accessible resource, into high purity, negative carbon index green hydrogen. The company utilizes a patented reforming process combined with the capture of pure CO2 byproduct. By making negative carbon index hydrogen readily available close to the point of demand, PCC H2 is enabling a cost-effective and commercially viable pathway to decarbonize the economy.
To support the project, PCC H2 has enlisted the expertise of Plant Process Group (PPG), a renowned Houston-based firm specializing in design, engineering, fabrication, construction, and commissioning services. PPG’s extensive experience in refining, chemical manufacturing, and biofuels will play a vital role in ensuring the success of the pilot plant, which is slated to be operational by the first quarter of 2024.
PCC H2 is working closely with the Town of Cloverdale and Putnam County to establish the world’s first negative carbon index hydrogen production facility of its kind. The company plans to hire local personnel at competitive wages and benefits, further benefiting the community.
Tim Fogarty, CEO of PCC H2, expressed enthusiasm about collaborating with Cloverdale and Putnam County to showcase their groundbreaking technology. The strategic location in Cloverdale aligns with existing local hydrogen demand and presents an opportunity to widely adopt low-cost, negative carbon index hydrogen, facilitating the financial rationality of decarbonizing the local economy.
The hydrogen produced through PCC H2’s process can be utilized in various applications, including hydrogen combustion engines and fuel cells. From fuel cell-powered vehicles to non-grid connected BEV charging stations, the potential for reducing emissions is vast. Additionally, PCC H2 is exploring the use of hydrogen to mitigate the emissions profile of heating and calcining processes. Leveraging the logistical advantages of ethanol, the company aims to establish smaller, distributed facilities closer to the point of use, minimizing the costs associated with transporting liquid hydrogen over long distances.
Jason Hartman, Cloverdale Town Manager, expressed delight in supporting the construction of this groundbreaking negative carbon index hydrogen production plant. This venture promises to decarbonize local industries while offering competitive job opportunities to the community.
The core reformer at the pilot plant, mounted on three skids, will operate around the clock. PCC H2 plans to commence construction at the site this summer, marking a significant milestone in their journey towards revolutionizing carbon reduction.