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    McDermott joins US hydrogen initiative


The company said it would work to find ways to make hydrogen a cost-competitive energy source.

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McDermott joins US hydrogen initiative

Upstream services company McDermott International said August 3 it joined a US government-led consortium looking at how renewable hydrogen can be cost effective.

McDermott joined a consortium of partners teaming up with the US Department of Energy’s so-called H2@Scale in Texas and Beyond initiative.

“H2@Scale in Texas and Beyond intends to show that renewable hydrogen can be a cost-effective fuel for multiple end-use applications, including fuel cell electric vehicles, when coupled with large, baseload consumers that use hydrogen for clean, reliable stationary power,” the company explained.

Though costly, hydrogen is emerging as an alternative fuel to power the energy transition. In July, GE and Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) related to green hydrogen at CVEC’s combined cycle plant in New York.

The project is aligned with New York state legislation that mandates 100% net-zero emissions from the power sector by 2040. Formal testing is slated for late 2022.

For the federal initiative, the University of Texas at Austin will source the alternative fuel by using solar and wind energy to power an electrolyser that can split water into oxygen and hydrogen. At the Port of Houston, consortium members will look at policy that could facilitate hydrogen usage, as well as delivery options through existing pipelines.

"McDermott recognises that hydrogen has a very prominent role to play in the future of sustainable energy," said McDermott COO Samik Mukherjee.