Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has taken the initiative to develop a massive project that could store up 1,000 MW of renewable energy throughout the year.
A partnership of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Magnum Development will use a combination of renewable hydrogen, compressed air storage, large-scale flow batteries, and solid oxide fuel cells to store just under 1000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy from solar power plants and wind power installations.
Magnum Development is the owner of a large and geographically rare underground salt dome in Utah.
“In California and other states in the western United States, which will soon have retired all of their coal-fired power generation, we need the next step in decarbonization. Mixing natural gas and storage, and eventually using 100% renewable storage, is that next step.”Paul Browning, president and CEO of MHPS Americas said.
Although the Utah Governer Gary Herbert was not immensely supportive at first but later the project received support from Utah Governor Gary Herbert, who said that “Utah continues to set the standard among states for driving next-generation solutions to market.”
According to Magnum and MHPS, the ACES project will engineer, finance, construct, own, and operate facilities that will be located in Millard County, Utah. The companies expect to invite more strategic and financial partners to participate in the project in the near future.
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