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First Solar, Nel to develop integrated PV-hydrogen power plants

From pv magazine USA

First Solar and Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser AS, a division of Nel ASA, have announced plans to develop integrated photovoltaic/hydrogen power plants.

The companies will initially collaborate to develop an integrated power plant control and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. The development of this network architecture is critical to enable the optimization of PV-electrolyzer hybrid projects, resulting in low total costs of hydrogen and electricity.

After that, the two companies will explore ways to optimize and integrate technology throughout the solar and hydrogen production plant.

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In statements, the companies stressed their desire to deliver the lowest total cost of solar to hydrogen possible. Both also noted that First Solar’s low-carbon production of its cadmium-telluride modules was significant for keeping emissions low.

Because the partnership is so recent in nature, they have yet to reveal specific project timelines.

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Source: pv magazine