January 30 -- Element Resources announced its plans to build and operate a major renewable hydrogen production facility in the City of Lancaster, further expanding the duo's relationship to build one of California's largest green hydrogen production facilities.
The project, located within Lancaster's city limits, is less than 100 miles from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and will supply end-users throughout the greater Los Angeles Region. Element Resources will produce 20,000 tons of renewable hydrogen annually through its first phase, which is one of the largest green hydrogen projects in the state. This facility will also be one of the anchor projects in the City of Lancaster's Eastside Overlay, which will be the site of the city's burgeoning clean energy portfolio.
"The City of Lancaster is excited to expand our partnership with Element Resources on the largest renewable green hydrogen production project in the U.S.," said R. Rex Parris, Mayor of the City of Lancaster. "Lancaster is building a robust hydrogen production capacity to enable regional decarbonization. We believe municipalities can lead the fight against climate change from the bottom up by unleashing businesses' innovative capacities by removing barriers to market."
Element Resources' CEO, Steve Meheen, stated, "We are pleased to be working with the City of Lancaster. They have a pro-active approach to energy transition that sets the stage for early operations of the Lancaster Clean Energy Center, which is strategically located with access to highway and rail transportation to key southern California markets. The opportunity with the City of Lancaster is nothing less than a World Class Green Energy Center serving the Western United States and perhaps reaching into Asian Markets as well; the welcome, cooperation, and collaboration from the City of Lancaster is outstanding."
The facility, which is targeted to begin commercial operations in early 2025, will use dedicated solar to power Element's electrolyzers to produce zero-emission, renewable hydrogen. The increased hydrogen production capacity will serve the growing demand for clean mobility fuels as well as clean energy for manufacturing. The project will create about 250 jobs during the construction phase, and 36 permanent jobs.