Plug Power builds substation and hydrogen facility in New York
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Plug Power builds substation and hydrogen facility in New York

21 Oct 2021 (Last Updated October 21st, 2021 15:35)

Plug Power has agreed to fund the construction of the 450MW electricity substation.

US-based energy technology provider Plug Power has begun building a $290m electricity substation and a green hydrogen fuel production facility in New York.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the start of construction on the project, located at the Western New York Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP).

The hydrogen facility is expected to produce 45t of green hydrogen a day once fully operational.

Hochul said: “This project, with the support of so many people, and the idea has been nurtured and fermented and moved along for literally 15 years.

“The transfer of electricity and power here, and the conversion into green hydrogen, is not happening anywhere else.”

The project is the first at the new manufacturing park, which is located in the Town of Alabama, Genesee County.

Plug Power has also agreed to fund the construction of the 450MW electricity substation.

The substation will have the potential to support both the hydrogen projection facility and future opportunities at STAMP.

The investment complements the region’s ‘Finger Lakes Forward’ strategy, which aims to revitalise communities and boost the local economy.

Plug Power’s green hydrogen project is expected to create up to 68 jobs in the region.

Once completed, the hydrogen facility will be one of the largest in North America.

In January, Plug Power announced plans to build a $125m innovation centre in New York.

The facility will be used for research and development (R&D) activities for fuel cell stacks, membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) and electrolysers.

The innovation centre will be developed in the Town of Henrietta, Monroe County, with the capacity to produce more than 1GW of power.

Plug Power said that it will also be the world’s first gigafactory for proton-exchange membrane technology, which is designed to conduct protons while acting as an electronic insulator and reactant barrier.