Is Clean Hydrogen Production a Good Fit for Questa? Intermediate Feasibility Study Results

Research output: NRELPresentation


NREL conducted a feasibility study for a clean hydrogen production facility that would be located in Questa, New Mexico. This slide deck presents the history of the coalition of stakeholders that received NREL technical assistance through the Department of Energy's Communities Leading Energy Action Program. It describes how hydrogen is generated and its end uses. It describes two conceptual applications explored in the feasibility analysis, a grid-tied power generation and long-term storage application and a heavy-duty vehicle fueling application. The presentation details the configuration of these to applications in the Questa pilot facility, including system components, required inputs (water, electricity, and land for pv generation), and outputs in kilograms of hydrogen, megawatt hours of power delivered, and hours of vehicle hours of operation. The presentation addresses key concerns raised by groups engaged through a public outreach process, including safety, health, and environmental issues; water use; visual impacts; and costs and alternatives.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages41
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5400-86665

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102023-6016


  • heavy-duty vehicle fueling
  • hydrogen
  • long-duration storage
  • power system
  • rural


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