Lessons learned from advising on the world's largest industrial green hydrogen facility

4th August 2022

Lessons learned from advising on the world's largest industrial green hydrogen facility

Global law firm Baker McKenzie recently advised Advanced Clean Energy Storage I, LLC, along with Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. and Magnum Development, LLC, in the United States (US) Department of Energy’s (DOE) USD 504.4-million loan guaranty to develop the world's largest industrial green hydrogen facility in central Utah in the United States. Closed on June 3, 2022, the loan highlights the Biden Administration and the DOE's commitment toward supporting the clean hydrogen sector. It also helps create a viable market for hydrogen and will make it scalable in the western United States and electrical grid, creating the fundamental infrastructure necessary to deploy this zero-carbon energy storage source.

"Supporting ACES Delta to reach financial closing on the DOE loan is part of the unique opportunity to be involved in such a transformational energy transition project in the United States and globally," said James P. O'Brien, chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Projects Practice. "To see ACES Delta transform its vision of hydrogen energy storage to the launch of this project is really exciting."

Christopher Jones, head of Baker McKenzie's Hydrogen Group, added: "With a growing number of hydrogen projects taking place across the globe, being a part of such a flagship project enhances our legal insights and industry expertise for our team to continue to excel in this space. It demonstrates our continued global leadership in the clean energy technology sector for the past 20 plus years."

Key issues and lessons learned

Referencing Baker McKenzie's report - Shaping Tomorrow's Global Hydrogen Market, James P. O'Brien and Christopher Jones list some of the lessons learned and key issues to consider when considering an investment in hydrogen.

Africa developments

Kieran Whyte, Partner and Head of Projects at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, and Lamyaa Gadelhak, Partner and Co-Head of the Banking & Projects Practice Group, Helmy, Hamza & Partners, Baker McKenzie Cairo, outline some recent developments in the hydrogen sector in Africa.