Rendering of Proposed HECA Facility
HECA aims to generate low-carbon hydrogen power to meet California’s increasing power demand while capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and storing it permanently in nearby oil fields.
In doing this, the project will address climate change concerns, enhance US energy security, and boost domestic oil production.
The project is a response to the leadership shown by California in tackling the issue of climate change and in taking steps towards a hydrogen based economy.
When completed (2016), the Hydrogen Energy California project will produce enough low-carbon electricity for over 150,000 southern Californian homes and contribute to meeting California’s increasing power demand while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.
At the heart of the project is a gasification unit and carbon capture facility where petroleum coke (or blends of petroleum coke and coal, as needed) is transformed into hydrogen and CO2 This process is designed to capture approximately 90% of the CO2 from the fuel source and transport it by pipeline for enhanced oil recovery in local oil fields and permanent and secure storage in deep geological formations.
HECA is a joint venture company between groups that operate worldwide and bring the expertise needed to develop this pioneering Hydrogen Energy power project with carbon capture and storage.
After studying numerous possible sites, Kern County has been identified as an ideal location for a new hydrogen fueled power station due to its proximity to oil production facilities, appropriate geology for CO2 storage and the necessary infrastructure, including roads, non-potable water resources and electrical transmission lines.
Kern County has feedstock fuel available from California refineries and is near oil fields which are well known and characterized such that they meet the geological requirements to serve as storage sites for the power plant’s CO2 emissions. Furthermore, injecting CO2 will revitalize these oil fields by slowing their decline and increasing their useful production life. Also, there is a local supply of non-potable water and an ever growing demand for electrical power.