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Air Liquide, an international industrial gas company, projects their new hydrogen plant in North Las Vegas will finish construction in November of this year. Stay up to date at the Hydrogen Networks: Professionals Group



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Roger Arnold on May 16, 2021

N.B.: the Nevada hydrogen fuel production plant that Charley references will be producing "gray" hydrogen from natural gas, without CCS. It differs from the typical industrial hydrogen production plant that one might find operating at an oil refinery only in that it is "specifically focused" on producing hydrogen for the fuel cell vehicle market.

The plant may include an extra or higher performance PSA stage (Pressure Swing Absorption) for more thorough removal of residual carbon monoxide from the output hydrogen, as the catalysts in automotive fuel cells are poisoned by residual CO levels in less refined gray hydrogen. The plant will also expend the energy needed to liquefy its hydrogen output so that it can be distributed by cryogenic tanker trucks to hydrogen fueling stations. 

Air Liquide makes the politically correct genuflections toward "greenness" by stating that in the future, they will be able to use carbon-neutral biogas (from sewage plants, landfills, and anaerobic digesters for agricultural wastes) in place of some of the natural gas the plant will use. Color me not impressed.

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