CTR and Fuji Electric team up for Hell’s Kitchen Geothermal Facility in Salton Sea

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Mar 24, 2023

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  • CTR and Fuji Electric signed an MoU for multiple geothermal power facilities at Hell’s Kitchen in California.
  • The facilities will produce renewable power and an estimated 150,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide annually.
  • The Hell’s Kitchen projects will utilize steam turbine generators and transformers manufactured by Fuji Electric.

Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR) and Fuji Electric Corp. of America (FEA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the completion of several Equipment, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contracts. The contracts will deliver multiple geothermal power facilities at CTR’s Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power Project in Imperial County, California.

The total cost of the EPC contracts is expected to be around $1.4 billion, which will be utilized to complete a 55MW Stage 1 power facility and five additional 55MW power facilities or facility configurations totaling 330MW over a five-year programmatic construction schedule.

Fuji Electric’s role in the project

Since its first geothermal turbine delivery in Japan in 1960, Fuji Electric has established itself as the world’s leading geothermal power generation equipment manufacturer. The company has expanded its reach globally with a presence on five continents. The Hell’s Kitchen projects will utilize steam turbine generators and transformers manufactured by Fuji Electric.

Completing the EPC contracts will enable the utilization of geothermal brine and a portion of renewable power generated from these facilities, which is expected to produce an estimated 150,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide annually. This amount will support the growing demand for electric vehicles and energy storage systems worldwide.

The benefits of the Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power Project

CTR anticipates the completion of its Stage 1 geothermal operation and the commencement of 25,000 metric tonnes of lithium hydroxide production in late 2024. At total production capacity, CTR expects to deliver 1,100MW of clean, renewable power and over 300,000 metric tons of lithium products annually.

The Hell’s Kitchen project is expected to contribute significantly to California’s transition to clean energy, reducing the state’s carbon footprint and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The facility will create job opportunities in Imperial County, which has an unemployment rate above the national average. The facility’s construction will also contribute to the local economy, as it will require the hiring of several contractors, vendors, and suppliers.

The impact on the renewable energy sector

The partnership between CTR and Fuji Electric is an excellent example of how collaboration in the renewable energy sector can bring significant benefits. The EPC contracts for the Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power Project signify an important milestone in California’s transition to clean energy. The project will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the state’s ambitious renewable energy targets. Using geothermal brine and renewable power generated from the facility to produce lithium hydroxide for electric vehicles and energy storage systems is also an innovative way to support the growing demand worldwide for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

Conclusion

The partnership between CTR and Fuji Electric for the Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power Project is a significant development for the renewable energy sector. The project’s completion will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create job opportunities, and contribute to California’s ambitious renewable energy targets.

Utilizing geothermal brine and renewable power from the facility to produce lithium hydroxide for electric vehicles and energy storage systems is also an innovative way to support the growing demand worldwide for electric cars and energy storage systems. This partnership is an excellent example of how collaboration in the renewable energy sector can significantly benefit society and the environment.

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