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Advancing Blue Hydrogen Production, Storage, and Transport in California

Large silver pipes with an H on them at a hydrogen processing facility
In a strategic advisory role, Tetra Tech initialized a pre-FEED (front-end engineering and design) technical review, analysis, and evaluation of low-carbon blue hydrogen production technologies.
Tetra Tech is providing pre-FEED technical review of various hydrogen production technologies for the planned development of two 17.5 ton per day low-carbon, high-purity hydrogen facilities.


  • Low carbon production of fuel cell quality hydrogen
  • Efficient capture of carbon dioxide for sequestration
  • California South Coast AQMD and San Joaquin Valley AQMD emission limit designs
  • On-site hydrogen truck fueling, bulk transport, and high-pressure storage
  • Implementation of a waste heat recovery system

Our blue hydrogen technology selection and resulting preliminary design uses partial oxidation technology to produce fuel cell-quality gaseous hydrogen and capture a high-purity carbon dioxide stream for transport to sequestration. The design includes on-site truck fueling and high-pressure hydrogen and carbon dioxide storage and adheres to stringent emissions restrictions set by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and the San Joaquin Valley AQMD in California.

Capture and compression of the carbon dioxide gas stream are crucial to meeting the project’s carbon intensity parameters. Tetra Tech’s design also includes waste heat recovery for binary cycle power generation, which uses heat that would have otherwise been lost or released and results in economic optimization and a smaller carbon footprint.

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