Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order for two M501JAC power trains for the Intermountain Power Plant (IPP), a renewable-hydrogen energy hub in Delta, Utah, US.

Source: MHPS

Hydrogen gas turbine

The Intermountain Power Agency (IPA), owner of the IPP and a political subdivision of the state of Utah, ordered the equipment as part of a plan to transition from coal, to natural gas and finally to renewable hydrogen fuel.

The transition will start in 2025, to replace the coal-fired units at IPP, when the turbines will be commercially guaranteed capable of using a fuel mix of 30% hydrogen and 70% natural gas fuel. Over the next 20 years, the hydrogen capability will be systematically increased to 100% renewable hydrogen, enabling carbon-free utility-scale power generation.

The renewed generation facility will be owned by IPA and operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and provide 840 megawatts (MW) of reliable energy to the IPA purchasers it serves, including Los Angeles and municipalities in other parts of California and Utah.

IPA’s order includes two 1-on-1 M501JAC power trains with gas turbines, steam turbines, heat recovery steam generators, and auxiliary equipment. MHPS will service the plant under a 20-year long-term service agreement.

Paul Browning, President and CEO of Florida–based subsidiary MHPS Americas said, “We worked hard to develop a total solution for our customer IPA that included not only gas turbines capable of using renewable hydrogen fuel, but also the nearby ACES project, which will affordably generate and store large quantities of renewable hydrogen. We believe both IPP and ACES will be essential renewable energy infrastructure that will eventually help enable a 100% renewable power grid for the entire western interconnect of the US, and will also provide renewable hydrogen for industrial and transport uses.”

“The projects are being developed in close cooperation among ourselves; Magnum Development; the governments of Utah, California and Los Angeles; the Intermountain Power Agency; and LADWP,” Browning added.

The selection of the new M501JAC power trains expands the MHPS footprint in Millard County, Utah. In May of 2019, MHPS partnered with Magnum Development to announce plans to develop the Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project adjacent to IPP. The ACES project will use renewable power to produce hydrogen through electrolysis. Stored renewable hydrogen can provide power when wind and solar availability are limited due to prevailing weather conditions and time of day, as well as provide seasonal energy storage from renewable energy sources.