^ NextEra closed its last coal-fired plant to invest in a green hydrogen facility
Article By Daniel Sweet
By closing its last coal-fired power unit and investing in a green hydrogen facility, NextEra Energy joins a growing number of companies and governments in a global shift toward alternative energy sources.
A NextEra press release notes that the proposed site—a USD 65 million pilot plant in Florida—will use a 20-megawatt electrolyzer to produce 100 percent green hydrogen from solar power.
“The project, which could be online by 2023 if it receives approval from state regulators,” the press release states, and “would represent the first step into green hydrogen for NextEra Energy, by far the largest developer and operator of wind, solar and battery plants in North America.”
“We’re really excited about hydrogen, in particular when we think about getting not to a net-zero emissions profile but actually to a zero-emissions carbon profile,” NextEra Energy CFO Rebecca Kujawa said. “When we looked at this five or 10 years ago and thought about what it would take to get to true zero emissions, we were worried it was extraordinarily expensive for customers,” Kujawa said.
“What makes us really excited about hydrogen — particularly in the 2030 and beyond timeframe — is the potential to supplement a significant deployment of renewables [and energy storage]. That last amount of emissions you’d take out of the system to get down to zero could be most economically served by hydrogen.”
Wood Mackenzie’s green hydrogen forecast from 2000-2025. Photo: Wood Mackenzie.
Source: Wood Mackenzie
“The beauty here, is that Lancaster will be using this for transportation but it could also be used to generate electricity,” said Robert Do, chief executive of SGH2, in a report by Forbes. “It can be stored and then used for multiple purposes. This will be the first large-scale green hydrogen plant in the world.”
"The plantwill produce as much as 11,000 kilograms of green hydrogen per day, and 3.8 million kilograms per year,” Forbes reported. “That is nearly three times more than any existing or planned green hydrogen facility. The complex will process 40,000 tons of waste annually, mostly supplied by the city of Lancaster, which will save it $50-$75 per ton in landfill-related costs.”