‘World first’: Ballard and HDF Energy announce multi-MW hydrogen plant

The $200m project in French Guiana will combine a solar park, hydrogen, fuel cells and battery storage

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Ballard and HDF Energy have announced plans for a multi-megawatt scale baseload hydrogen power plant, claimed to be the first of its kind in the world.

Construction work has started on the CEOG Renewstable Power Plant, located in French Guiana, which is the first order for a new generation of megawatt power fuel systems dedicated to stationary applications that will be mass produced in the HDF facility in Bordeaux.

The $200 million (£147m) project will combine a solar park, hydrogen, fuel cells and battery storage and supply 100% renewable power to the equivalent of 10,000 households at a lower cost than a diesel power plant.

Ballard and HDF Energy expects the two 1.5MW fuel cell systems to be delivered by mid-2023.

Damien Havard, CEO of HDF Energy said: “CEOG demonstrates that HDF Renewstable® solution addresses a very large market, being all grids that are currently powered by fossil fuel power plants,.

“By supplying non-intermittent renewable energy, CEOG – which we are working to replicate across the world – opens a new era for renewable energies.”