Element Resources plans to build and operate a major renewable hydrogen production facility in Lancaster, California. 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, green hydrogen.
When complete, the project will be one of California’s largest green hydrogen production facilities. Located within Lancaster’s city limits, the facility will be 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 per year of renewable hydrogen through its first phase. This facility will also be one of the anchor projects in 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 Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “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.”
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.
“We are pleased to be working with the City of Lancaster,” said Element Resources CEO Steve Meheen. “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.”