March 18, 2021: New York’s National Grid on March 11 said it had struck a partnership with Standard Hydrogen Corporation to demonstrate a hydrogen-based energy storage system in New York’s Capital Region.
The system will produce hydrogen at the site using electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, and then use the hydrogen as a medium for storing energy.
Once installed, the system will offer nine energy services including electric service, heating, vehicle services and commercial gas services.
The system is slated to be finished by late 2022 and will be operated by Standard Hydrogen Corp in a ‘financially optimized manner’, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2030, according to National Grid.
“There is great hydrogen momentum right now,” said SHC co-founder and CEO Paul Mutolo. “National Grid understands the advantages of hydrogen to reach many of their future energy goals and SHC is delighted to deliver that value through the operation of our energy transfer station for National Grid.”
William Acker, executive director of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology consortium, better known as NY-BEST, said “When innovators work together with utilities, it provides a way to bring those benefits to New York more quickly, and with greater benefits for ratepayers.”
The US Department of Energy is keen to push hydrogen research, with a Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office carrying out work to overcome the technological, economic and institutional barriers to the development of hydrogen and fuel cells.
While recognizing hydrogen storage as a key enabling technology in applications including stationary power, portable power and transport, the DOE also notes that its low ambient temperature density results in a low energy per unit volume, which requires the development of advanced storage methods that have the potential for higher density.