General Electric: GE and DOE Accelerate Transition to 100% Hydrogen Combustion in Gas Turbines

  • GE is awarded two US DOE projects totaling more than $12 million to develop and test key components needed for high hydrogen combustion
  • GE Gas Power will develop and test components with 100% hydrogen fuel flow
  • GE Research will investigate the application of hydrogen components to create a substantial increase in power plant efficiency
  • The projects will build on GE’s recent “utility scale” Class H gas turbine demonstration using hydrogen with Long Ridge Energy Terminal as part of GE’s first hydrogen power plant initiative. advanced class in the world

NISKAYUNA, NY and GREENVILLE, SC – May 25, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management announced the selection of two GE proposals worth more than $12 million as part of their efforts to accelerate the path to a future of 100% hydrogen combustion. This funding will enable GE to develop technologies to integrate higher levels of hydrogen into its gas turbine platforms – with a particular focus on GE’s F-class gas turbine fleet – and accelerate the transition to a carbon-free energy future.

The GE projects are among six projects totaling $25 million in federal funding announced by the DOE last week. These awards represent another key milestone in GE’s efforts to advance hydrogen technologies for gas turbines and combined cycle power plants, which will help to significantly reduce carbon emissions. Last month, GE worked with Long Ridge Energy Terminal to commission and demonstrate the world’s first advanced-class hydrogen power plant in Hannibal, Ohio. The plant is powered by a GE 7HA.02 gas turbine, which can initially burn up to 20% hydrogen by volume in the gas stream, as GE’s technology roadmap is developed over time.

Jeffrey GoldmerDirector of Emerging Technologies at GE Gas Power, says the new projects with the DOE will be a major catalyst in accelerating GE’s progress toward 100% hydrogen combustion, stating, “We salute the leadership, commitment and DOE investment in hydrogen combustion. that the agency is doing will help us accelerate the development and testing of scalable Class F combustion systems capable of running on 100% hydrogen using a combination of micromixer and axial fuel staging technologies. »

GE, through its Gas Power business and research laboratory, brings a legacy of experience to the challenge of high hydrogen combustion. GE’s Gas Power engineering team in Greenville, SC and GE’s research lab in Niskayuna, NY are a world-class combustion team with deep expertise and decades of hydrogen and plant experience. fully capable of studying hydrogen combustion and flame characteristics.

Keith McManuswho runs the Combustion Team at GE Research and leads the GE Research project, is excited about the project and the opportunity to advance the integration of hydrogen to create a substantial increase in power plant efficiency, saying, “As everyone knows those close to hydrogen technology, the technical challenges are considerable when you talk about being able to run a turbine on 100% hydrogen. Having worked on hydrogen combustion technologies for many years, we are aware of the many challenges and have made considerable progress over time. Together with the DOE, we are confident that we can make even more progress that brings us closer to 100%.”

GE Research’s project, which totals nearly $7 million, will study the operation of hydrogen turbine components on special platforms at its combustion test facility in Niskayuna. The team will examine how the efficiency of gas turbines can be improved for simple cycle and combined cycle power generation applications.

The GE Gas Power award, totaling nearly $6 million, will focus on studying highly reactive hydrogen fuels and solving the challenges associated with this type of combustion dynamics. As part of their program, the project team will develop and test gas turbine components with natural gas-hydrogen fuel blends and up to 100% hydrogen.

Over the past few years, GE has worked with the DOE to research and develop combustion solutions for more sustainable power generation. GE’s DLN2.6e combustion system, standard on current GE HA gas turbine offerings, was developed under the DOE’s High Hydrogen Turbine program. This technology allowed the DLN 2.6e combustion system to operate with mixtures of natural gas and hydrogen. Additionally, GE has developed a technology roadmap to achieve 100% hydrogen in this platform within the next decade. GE has over eight million run hours on hydrogen and similar low BTU fuels over 100 units.

The final terms of the project award selections will be subject to final negotiation and confirmation with the DOE in the coming weeks.

In addition to the energy sector, GE has also been a leader in advancing hydrogen technologies in the aviation sector. CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, is working with Airbus on a hydrogen-fuel demonstration with an aircraft engine.

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