In an impressive display of ingenuity, Plug Power Inc., a prominent provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions, will unveil its partnership with Energy Vault Holdings, Inc. at the upcoming analyst day event. This groundbreaking collaboration showcases the integration of Plug Fuel Cells with lithium-ion batteries, culminating in a remarkable hybrid microgrid system. Its primary purpose is to supplant diesel generators and provide power during critical situations, such as devastating wildfires and emergencies in California Wine Country.Energy Vault, renowned for its innovative designs, has meticulously crafted a hybrid microgrid system for the city of Calistoga. This visionary project features an 8 MW stationary hydrogen fuel cell power, marking a pioneering endeavor in combining battery technology with green hydrogen. Notably, this installation will rank as the largest hydrogen-powered fuel cell system in the United States, propelling California's clean energy ambitions to new heights.California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) regulations necessitate power shutdowns during severe weather conditions to mitigate wildfire risks. Energy Vault's ingenious solution combines short-duration batteries to support black start and grid formation requirements with green hydrogen-fed fuel cells for extended storage durations of 48 hours or more. This innovative approach eliminates the need for renting mobile diesel generators from PG&E during Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events in Calistoga. For prolonged energy requirements and multi-day discharge scenarios, Energy Vault opted for Plug's proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells due to their superior operational flexibility, enhanced cleanliness, and cost-effectiveness. The dispatch and optimization of the microgrid's power will be orchestrated by Vault-OS, Energy Vault's cutting-edge, technology-neutral energy management digital platform.