Recovery Act: Hydrogen Energy California Project: Commercial Demonstration of Advanced IGCC with Full Carbon Capture
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Hydrogen Energy California LLC (HECA) Location:
Kern County, California
Project Duration: 10/1/2009 – 11/1/2018 Award Number:
Technology Area:
Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) Total Award Value:
Key Technology:
Advanced Gasification, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Capture, CO2 Compression, CO2 Storage DOE Share:

Performer Share:

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Project Description


HECA will design, build and operate a greenfield, commercial scale, advanced Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plant and fertilizer production facility with CO2 capture in Kern County, California. The HECA Project is designed to achieve at least 90% CO2 capture efficiency while storing approximately 2.6 million tons per year in an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) application. The captured CO2 will be transported via pipeline to the Elk Hills oil field approximately 4 miles from the power plant. The project will employ IGCC technology to nominally generate 400 megawatts electrical (MWe) (gross) and up to 300 MWe (net) of electricity and produce approximately 1 million tons per year of fertilizer using a 75% coal/25% petroleum coke fuel blend. The fertilizer could be a combination of urea ammonium nitrate, urea, or other fertilizer equivalent, with the proportion dependent on market and commercial conditions.

Project Benefits

The project addresses capture and beneficial reuse of CO2 emissions from coal-based electricity production as required by the CCPI-3A solicitation. The project will achieve these requirements through an advanced gasification power plant with CO2capture. The project is designed to meet or exceed the CCPI-3A solicitation requirements of 90 percent CO2 capture efficiency in conjunction with CO2 emissions storage.

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Project Status

The project is in the development phase.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager John Rockey: 
Technology Manager Michael Knaggs:
Principal Investigator Luis Velazquez-Vargas:


1 This is the value established for the portion of the total project costs recognized under the DOE Financial Assistance Award for cost-sharing purposes. It is not necessarily equal to the actual total project cost burden of the Recipient.