How HECA Works

How will the Hydrogen Energy California project produce low-carbon electricity and fertilizer while capturing and storing 90% of its carbon dioxide emissions?

The proposed facility, located in Kern County, will use a blend of coal and petroleum coke (a recycled by-product of the oil refinery process) to create clean hydrogen. The hydrogen will then be used to generate low-carbon electricity and to produce a much needed local source of low-carbon fertilizer. 90% of HECA’s CO2 will be captured and put to good use in enhanced oil recovery efforts at the nearby Elk Hills Oil Field, recovering 5 million additional barrels of domestic oil each year. Through this process, the CO2 will remain safely and permanently stored deep underground. The project will be designed, constructed and operated to meet or exceed the highest local, state and federal environmental, safety and health standards to protect workers and the public.

The diagram shows how the process works: