Molly Burgess of H2 View writes about the Ways2H and Local Power partnership to develop community microgrids for Community Choice Aggregation districts.
New Partnership Formed to Develop Hydrogen-Fuelled Microgrids
By Molly Burgess for H2 View | August 18, 2020
As part of a nationwide movement by cities and counties to generate their own clean, locally sourced power, renewable hydrogen solutions provider Ways2H and municipal energy consultancy Local Power have partnered to integrate onsite renewable hydrogen into community microgrids.
The movement reflects an evolution of Local Power’s Community Choice Aggregation blueprint for community microgrids that includes solar with storage, and now hydrogen produced from post-consumer waste, to decarbonise and strengthen communities’ resiliency.
Approximately 1,500 US municipalities, representing 30million Americans, provide Community Choice Aggregation service and many are looking for new sources of local, affordable, reliable, renewable, resilient electricity generation.
Local Power and Ways2H plan to meet the demand with advanced microgrids powered by zero emission renewable hydrogen-fuelled generators, solar power, battery storage and heating automation.
The projects will include sustainable waste disposal through Ways2H’s hydrogen production facilities, which use municipal solid waste, plastic and other refuse as a feedstock.
“Our goal is to help local governments build affordable renewable energy microgrids to power their communities and critical infrastructure, from hospitals to schools, energy-critical businesses and resilience hubs for residents regardless of utility blackouts,” said Paul Fenn, Local Power Founder and President.
The two project partners hope that the renewable hydrogen-fuelled microgrids will help local governments reach their climate and renewable energy goals, reduce the cost of resiliency and serve communities daily.
“We are bringing an integrated approach and a concrete solution that we believe many municipalities are looking for, as they seek technology and resiliency they currently don’t have,” said Jean-Louis Kindler, Ways2H CEO.
“Our waste-to-hydrogen production units are modular, transportable and easily installed onsite, close to where waste is produced and where hydrogen fuel is needed for distributed power generation and mobility.”