The City of Clarksville, Arkansas, has signed an agreement with Syntex Industries to design and construct a hydrogen power plant.
The facility will generate over 500 MW and support Clarksville's economic development by providing low-cost and renewable electricity to energy-intensive businesses, the city said.
The power plant, which will be the first "hydrogen hub" in Arkansas, will create over 100 full-time positions and is expected to break ground by the end of 2023, with limited power production ramping up in 2025. The new facility will employ over 100 full-time positions when completed in 2026.
"Syntex has been working with Clarksville to develop methods to store excess renewable energy and regenerate it on demand. Recent technical developments and federal tax incentives have opened the door at last," said Clarksville Mayor David Rieder. “This project offers the infrastructure to support our growing economy and bring new high paying ‘ecodustrial’ jobs to the area.”
To help public power utilities understand the potential -- and the limitations -- of hydrogen, and why they should get involved, the American Public Power Association developed Understanding Hydrogen: Trends and Use Cases.