Clean energy for retired New Mexico coal-fired plant

Newpoint Gas, LLC, and Brooks Energy Company have announced Escalante H2 Power, a technology collaboration that converts retired coal-fired power plants (CFPP) to use blue/green hydrogen as fuel with three precedent-setting results.

In upcycling the retired generation station, Escalante H2 Power achieves (1) net zero emissions dispatchable power, (2) provides employment opportunities in cutting edge hydrogen energy technology and (3) includes the ability to supply commercial scale clean-fresh water, which is produced from the combustion of hydrogen.

Newpoint has entered into an agreement, which licenses its patent pending, operationally integrated, zero-emission modular design technology to Escalante H2 Power. The experienced team at Brooks has a deep understanding of the geological and engineering parameters necessary for carbon sequestration, which sets Escalante H2 Power ahead of other hydrogen production technology first movers.

"The Escalante Hydrogen Project is thoroughly designed with the goals to provide clean reliable power and an additional focus on empowering local New Mexico communities," said Robert Price, president of Brooks Energy and cofounder of eH2Power. "With our experience in carbon sequestration and geology, we look forward to developing this project."

Blue hydrogen, which is hydrogen derived from methane with the carbon sequestered, is proving its worth as a foundational, go-to hybrid energy source shortening the transition to an eventual green hydrogen economy as the technology advances. Newpoint’s blue/green hydrogen technology platform has the capacity to merge the low environmental impact of renewable power with the reliable dispatchable power generation of a fossil fueled power plant. This approach produces hydrogen that can be distributed to support the emerging hydrogen economy which includes zero emission trucks/cars (without batteries) and fuel cells.

"Recent events in Texas during extreme freezing weather provide a vivid reminder of the importance of non-stop dispatchable power in securing reliable electric service," said Wiley Rhodes, CEO Newpoint Gas, LLC and cofounder of eH2Power. "We are excited to work with Tri-State, the team at the plant site, and our partners to convert Escalante Generating Station from 24/7 coal to 24/7 zero carbon emission dispatchable power."

Courtesy of eH2Power.

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