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Phillips 66 and Plug Power to explore low-carbon hydrogen opportunities

In the United States (US), the independent diversified energy, manufacturing, and logistics company Phillips 66 Company (Phillips 66), and Plug Power Inc., a leading provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global green hydrogen economy, have announced that the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of low-carbon hydrogen business opportunities.

Phillips 66 Company plans to convert its Rodeo Refinery in the San Francisco Bay area, California (CA) into one of the world’s largest renewable fuels facilities, capable of producing 800 million gallons per year of renewable diesel, renewable gasoline and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from used cooking oils (UCO, fats, oils, greases (FOG), vegetable oils and other feedstocks. The project, subject to permits and approvals, would be completed in early 2024 (photo courtesy Phillips 66).

Phillips 66, which has 13 wholly-owned and joint venture refineries in the US and Europe, owns an extensive hydrogen-related infrastructure and uses hydrogen in the manufacturing of transportation fuels.

With over 20 years of history, and customers like Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot, Plug Power is a leader in hydrogen fuel cells and electrolyzers. The company has begun construction on state-of-the-art green hydrogen production facilities in California (CA), New York (NY), Tennessee (TN), and Georgia (GA) that will ultimately supply 500 tonnes per day of liquid green hydrogen by 2025.

As part of this agreement, the companies will explore ways to deploy Plug Power’s technology within Phillips 66’s operations, leveraging Plug Power’s experience as a full value chain provider within the hydrogen economy.

We believe hydrogen is an important pathway for hard-to-electrify industries in a lower-carbon energy landscape. Hydrogen is a key component of our diversified Emerging Energy portfolio strategy, said Heath DePriest, VP of Phillips 66’s Emerging Energy group, which is focused on building lower-carbon business platforms.

Plug Power will benefit from Phillips 66’s capabilities as a developer of large-scale energy infrastructure, operator of industrial-scale hydrogen production facilities, and presence in the fuels marketing segment in the US and Europe.

We are excited to team up with Phillips 66 to take advantage of its rich history in the energy industry and forward momentum in the energy transition. Phillips 66 stands to help us meet our goal of producing 1,000 tons per day of green hydrogen while deploying cost-efficient solutions within the renewable fuels sector, said David Bow, EVP of Electrolyzers Solutions at Plug Power.

The companies’ memorandum of understanding provides a framework for working together on three key objectives:

  • integrating and scaling low-carbon hydrogen in the industrial sector;
  • advancing hydrogen fueling opportunities for the mobility sector; and
  • developing hydrogen-related infrastructure to support the build-out of the hydrogen value chain.

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