Heliogen and Bloom Energy revealed plans to generate green hydrogen using only concentrated solar power and water, advancing the world’s transition to a zero-carbon future even faster.
By combining near-continuous carbon-free electricity and steam generated by Heliogen’s Sunlight Refinery solar power generation system with Bloom Energy’s highly efficient solid oxide electrolyzer, the companies will produce green hydrogen that can be used in commercial and industrial applications in place of fossil-derived fuels. Bloom Energy’s steam electrolyzers are about 30% more efficient than low-temperature electrolyzers such as polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) and alkaline electrolyzers. Complementary technologies enable economically viable green hydrogen production on a par with photovoltaic solar-generated hydrogen.
“We developed our AI-powered Sunlight Refinery knowing that green hydrogen is a key element in decarbonizing global transport,” said Bill Gross, founder and chief executive officer, Heliogen. “By coupling our technology with Bloom Energy’s electrolyzers, we can produce this crucially important fuel at an attractive price point. We will further enhance our Sunlight Refinery’s technology with the addition of Bloom Energy’s market-leading technology, and we have found a committed and invaluable partner in our mission to help decarbonize the entire global economy.”
“We are always on the lookout for complementary technology to accelerate the path to zero and negative carbon, and that’s exactly what we plan to do with Heliogen,” said Venkat Venkataraman, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Bloom Energy. “By providing efficient and more cost-effective hydrogen production, we believe we can drive rapid adoption of green hydrogen to accelerate the zero-carbon energy transition in these industries.”