National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Port of Corpus Christi have agreed to collaborate on decarbonization and energy shift projects

As part of the Port’s dedication to decarbonization and energy transformation programs, Port of Corpus Christi Authority has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) of the U.S. DoE (Department of Energy).

The agreement aims to improve the partnership between NREL, Port of Corpus Christi, as well as Port tenants by finding scalable energy transformation and decarbonization initiatives that need techno-economic assessment, modelling, testing, as well as validation initiatives that are unique to NREL’s capabilities. The agreement also asks for finding and pursuing possible financing sources from the federal, local, state, and US Department of Energy.

“As the leading energy export seaport in the United States, the Port of Corpus Christi is committed to the global energy transition and atmospheric decarbonization objectives by diversifying the energy products that move through our gateway,” stated Sean Strawbridge, who works as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Port of Corpus Christi. “Partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to cultivate opportunities for applied research and analytics is a logical and pragmatic approach to developing scalable alternative energy sources for export.”

“We look forward to working with the Port of Corpus Christi as they work toward achieving their decarbonization goals and bringing leadership to global energy transition as a significant energy hub,” said Mark Chung, who works as NREL Team Lead for the Hydrogen Infrastructure Analysis as well as the technical lead on this MOU. “NREL brings a deep expertise in energy modelling and analysis to this collaboration that will help the Port, as well as their tenants and partners, as they seek to optimize and de-risk the implementation of emerging energy technologies and strategies.”

Several shared objectives are defined in the MOU, including the scaling up of renewable and/or the low carbon intensity energy generation, storage, use, and export; the incorporation and de-risking of the innovative renewable solutions as well as production programs that take advantage of abundant wind, solar, and other renewable possibilities in and around Port of Corpus Christi; and the evaluation of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) effects of energy transition initiatives on surrounding communities.

“This agreement is another example of the commitment the Port of Corpus Christi has made to become the Energy Transition Port of the Americas,” said Charles W. Zahn Jr., Chairman of Port of Corpus Christi Commission. “We want to leverage our position of prominence in the global energy economy to drive innovations and investments that will support our customers and the communities we serve.”

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