H2U and GE’s oilfield services arm Baker Hughes (BHGE) are partnering to develop the first NovaLT16 gas turbine running on 100% hydrogen.

The Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer confirmed today that it will use GE’s oilfield services arm’s NovaLT gas turbine generators at its green hydrogen power plant near Port Lincoln, South Australia.

The two companies will also work together to integrate BHGE’s NovaLT16 unit, configured for 100% hydrogen-fired operation. The project is due to be completed in 2020.

CEO of H2U Dr. Attilio Pigneri said the generators were chosen because they could deliver a “best-in-class black-start capability” while still operating on 100% hydrogen.

“As the cost of renewable energy continues to decrease globally, hydrogen is the perfect energy vector to time-shift renewable electricity generation to meet demand.”

Luca Maria Rossi, Chief Technology Officer of Turbomachinery Process & Solutions at BHGE

“We are impressed by the operating flexibility of the platform and its ability to operate at a low to no- load capacity, then ramp-up very quickly to full load,” Pigneri said.

“This means we can use the units to support critical loads within the Port Lincoln facility, while also contributing generation to the grid during periods of low wind or solar output.”

“The hydrogen is also produced by the electrolysis plant on site, so we have a truly self-contained solution to firming renewable energy supply within the South Australia grid.”

Pigneri said the cost of hydrogen generatred from electrolysis using cheap renewable energy from wind and solar energy was now comparable with the cost of natural gas in South Australia.

“The South Australian Renewable Hydrogen and ammonia Supply Chain Demonstrator at Port Lincoln is leading the Australian charge to a 100% Renewable Hydrogen Economy with strong export potential.”

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Source: H2U

BHGE and H2U will collaborate on the development of the NovaLT range for its integration in the first green hydrogen power plant of Port Lincoln.

“The collaboration with H2U is aimed at ensuring the NOx emissions of a 100% Hydrogen fired turbine can be managed within applicable limits” said Luca Maria Rossi, Chief Technology Officer of Turbomachinery Process & Solutions at BHGE.

“Building on our previous experience with hydrogen fuelled generation in the Fusina project, we can deliver the same world-leading capabilities and the design features of the NovaLTTM platform while operating on 100% hydrogen.”

“As the cost of renewable energy continues to decrease globally, hydrogen is the perfect energy vector to time-shift renewable electricity generation to meet demand.”

“South Australia is at the forefront of both renewable generation and hydrogen infrastructure developments and we are very pleased to be able to work with H2U to showcase our products in this important market.”