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Lancaster, Element Resources formalize new partnership


Advancing use of clean hydrogen

The City of Lancaster has announced the formalization of its partnership with Element Resources through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU expands upon the City of Lancaster and Element Resources Lancaster Clean Energy Center, one of California’s largest green hydrogen production facilities, announced in December 2022.

The City and Element Resources will collaborate on developing hydrogen economy infrastructure such as hydrogen fueling stations for light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, supplying hydrogen locally and working with other partners to expand the broader hydrogen production chain.

“The City of Lancaster is thrilled to continue to expand our partnership with Element Resources through this MOU. With this agreement, the City looks forward to continuing the fight against climate extinction through green energy development and innovation. Through partnerships with private companies, we are not only leading the clean energy revolution but we are bringing multitudes of high-paying energy jobs to our City,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.

The hydrogen produced by Element Resources at the Lancaster Clean Energy Center will be used to decarbonize regional transportation and industrial markets. The facility will produce about 60 tons a day of low-cost, green hydrogen for use throughout California and the Western United States.

“Element Resources is excited to expand its hydrogen partnership with the City of Lancaster,” said Element Resources' CEO Steve Meheen. “Hydrogen will play a critical role in decarbonizing several sectors of the economy and the City of Lancaster has proven to be an essential partner to fostering its development.”

Lancaster is a leading municipality in developing clean energy partnerships. The new MOU with Element Resources continues Lancaster’s commitment to becoming the first hydrogen city in the U.S. Recent developments in the City to advance hydrogen development include transitioning the City Hall building to run solely off of hydrogen power, the development of a $100 million anaerobic digestion plant to generate renewable natural gas from organic waste for conversion to clean hydrogen, and the City’s recent Pacific Hydrogen Alliance partnership with Namie, Japan, and the County of Hawaii.