Plug Power to Bring Wind-Powered Hydrogen Plant to Fort Worth

Source: By David R Baker, Bloomberg • Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Plug Power Inc. plans to open a hydrogen-production plant powered by the wind near Fort Worth, Texas as part of a nationwide chain of facilities to make the clean-energy fuel.

The plant will be able to produce up to 60 metric tons of hydrogen per day, Chief Executive Officer Andy Marsh said Friday on a conference call with analysts, without disclosing timing. Plug already announced plans for plants near Buffalo, New York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Marsh said “four or five” other sites are under consideration.

All of Plug’s plants will make “green” hydrogen, meaning the gas will be stripped from water using renewable power. Green hydrogen can be made and used for power generation without producing any greenhouse gas emissions, and it is increasingly seen as a key way to fight climate change. Marsh said two of the plants would be running by the end of 2022.

Plug built its business making fuel cells, devices that generate power through an electrochemical reaction rather than combustion. But last year, the Latham, New York-based company jumped into producing green hydrogen as governments around the world began adopting plans for switching to the fuel to run factories and power plants.

Marsh’s comments came after Plug early Friday restated financial results for the last three years, resolving an accounting issue the company first reported last month. Shares jumped as much as 16% in response, and Plug’s stock was up 11% to $24.39 by 2:43 p.m. trading in New York.