Port of Corpus Christi building up to more use of hydrogen

Port of Corpus Christi is planning to convert its Pelican facility to anhydrogen processing center, as they continue to explore options for hydrogen as a useful fuel for industrial, military, and government applications. The facility is nearing its completion in Corpus Christi.

According to a Publication report, the facility is getting ready to become an industrial and military shipyard in an effort to secure millions of dollars in needed funding.

“Pelican is preparing to ramp up production to its maximum possible capacity at a state-of-the-art facility. The facility has ample fixed term capacity, enough operating capital, and flexible access to labor,” said port spokesman Todd Poston.

The Pelican facility currently has total production capacity of over 240,000 metric tons of isobutanol per year. Pelican plans to get that production capacity up to 300,000 metric tons per year.

Pelleican is developing an “oil-powered petrochemical gas processing plant with 1.5 million cubic feet per day capacity.” This facility is planned to be retrofitted to increase the processing capacity to 25 million metric tons.

The Port of Corpus Christi hopes to attract a major power company as a partner to build and operate the facility. They also hope to sell the hydrogen power to other electric utilities.

In an effort to connect with power companies in Corpus Christi and other cities, the Port of Corpus Christi is looking at different options for hydrogen, like electric vehicles, and microgrids. Some microgrids focus on supplying the electricity for hydrogen production, while others have plans for the infrastructure that would support hydrogen production.

Pelleican will also conduct “Nano Tank Analysis and Release Testing to determine future production methods in a bid to reduce overall operating costs.”

The Port of Corpus Christi is also exploring a project to convert the area around its Pelican facility to bioplastics, as a drop in costs would enable them to produce hydrogen.

The Pelican facility is currently being used as a Navy tactical shipyard and as part of an effort to convert the neighboring Port of Corpus Christi facility to serve as the U.S. combat aircraft & naval base.

“We’re continually exploring how we can use different types of fuel sources to operate our naval facility at a lower cost,” Poston said.

Correction: This article originally referred to the Port of Corpus Christi as the Port of Corpus Christi.

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