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Yahoo: New Hydrogen Project in Kern County

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A large-scale “green hydrogen” project in Kern County has been announced that would convert 75 megawatts of photovoltaic solar power into fuel for vehicles including heavy-duty trucks.

The joint venture between an Irish-Portuguese designer of electrolysis systems called Fusion Fuel and Electus Energy, a Los Angeles company focused on regional transportation infrastructure, is proposed to be built at an undisclosed, 320-acre location at an estimated cost of about $180 million.

If a planned conceptual study leads to a decision to proceed in early 2024, the project is expected to produce 9,300 tons of hydrogen per year, enough to power more than 1,000 Class 8 trucks of buses per day starting in the first half of 2025, according to a news release finalized Monday morning.

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