Port of Corpus Christi could become hydrogen hub

Two Texas companies applied together for two hydrogen hubs anchored to Gulf of Mexico commercial possibilities.

The Port of Corpus Christi and the Trans Permian hydrogen hub were encouraged to apply for $8 billion in funds from last year’s bipartisan infrastructure bill by the Department of Energy’s clean energy division.

The busiest port in the nation, Texas, is moving swiftly toward alternative energy and a net-zero carbon economy. Port authorities received $16.4 million from the Department of Energy this month to research carbon capture and storage technologies.

Two proposed facilities near the Port of Corpus Christi would store 50 million tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the annual emissions of a dozen coal-fired power units, for 30 years.

The port is considering hydrogen generation “from varied feedstocks,” refueling stations, and bus fuel cell manufacturing.

Hydrogen, the most plentiful element, is a powerful energy carrier. Color spectrums describe production. Breaking methane into hydrogen and carbon yields grey hydrogen, the most common type.

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