Hosted by Utah Representative Melissa Ballard / Jack Hedge, Utah Inland Port Authority / Robert Mount, president and CEO of Power Innovations, a Utah Hydrogen Roundtable team met at the Power Innovations Headquarters in American Fork on January 15th. The intent of the meeting was to begin strategic planning for Utah’s and the surrounding western region’s hydrogen Infrastructure.
Highlights of the meeting included the projection that hydrogen production within Utah will grow from 1,000 kg of hydrogen per day this year to 100,000 kg per day within two to three years. Storage capacity of 150,000 MWh is expected by 2024.
Suppliers indicated they need confirmed major end users for their projected capacity, which they hope will come from within the State of Utah. Availability, Sustainability, and Profitability were stated as major issues, with suppliers citing need for funding costs of technologies, compression and support infrastructure, the need for transport, and availability of refueling stations as technological advances continue.
Government entities indicated their desire to partner with industry players and cited potential funding sources available through the Utah Inland Port Authority and Federal grants. As has been the case nationwide, Buy America First requirements for Government grants was cited as a barrier for industry players who want to use the latest and best technologies, many of which are not domestic.
In addition to Representative Ballard, attendees at the meeting from the State of Utah included the Utah Inland Port Authority and Utah Clean Cities. With the focus on service providers, hydrogen infrastructure industry attendees included: Big Navajo Energy, Dominion Energy, Lancer Energy, Magnum Refined Products, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc., Nel Hydrogen, Plug Power, Power Innovations, Linde Praxair, Salt Lake Garfield & Western Railway, and Wellington Microtech.
With the start of the next legislative session on the near horizon, Representative Ballard announced additional meetings immediately to prepare for the next significant regathering of all hydrogen users and providers scheduled for March 25th at the Power Innovations office in American Fork – with a goal to move forward rapidly with Hydrogen technologies and infrastructure in Utah.
January 15, 2020