Power District Moving Forward on Sheldon Conversion Project

BEATRICE – Nebraska Public Power District is taking steps to convert part of the district’s Sheldon Station near Hallam, into a hydrogen-fueled generating source for electricity.

The NPPD Board recently approved agreements to develop a preliminary boiler design and begin engineering work to convert Sheldon Station Unit Number Two, to allow it to burn hydrogen.

Hydrogen is a by-product of the process used by Monolith Materials, which produces carbon black.  Construction of the Monolith facility south of the Sheldon Station, is underway.

Chief Operating Officer for NPPD, Tom Kent, says the conversion project is the first phase of the work, which eventually will create the largest boiler in the country that burns hydrogen to produce electricity.

Monolith Materials will reimburse NPPD for costs to convert the Sheldon Station Number two boiler.

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