Overview

With countries all over the world looking for ways to decarbonize energy and fight climate change, GE Gas Power just helped the US take an important first step.

The challenge

To change course, the world must act quickly to decarbonize every aspect of modern life, from transportation to power. This requires a global effort built on cooperation and coordination.

The solution

In October 2020, Long Ridge Energy Terminal (“Long Ridge”), located in Hannibal, Ohio, announced plans to transition its 485 MW combined-cycle power plant to run on carbon-free hydrogen.

Outcomes

Building tomorrow—today

capability of 7HA.02 to transition to hydrogen over time

30

years of GE experience burning hydrogen-containing fuels

of units globally burning H2 and low-BTU fuels use GE technology

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We are thrilled to work with the Long Ridge and New Fortress Energy teams on this first-of-its kind GE HA-powered project that will drive a cleaner energy future by utilizing hydrogen to ultimately produce carbon-free power. As one of the leaders in decarbonization in the gas turbine industry and the OEM with the most fleet experience in using alternative low heating value fuels including hydrogen, we look forward to applying more than 80 years of experience to help Long Ridge achieve its goal of providing reliable, affordable, and lower-carbon power to its customers.

Scott Strazik

CEO, GE Gas Power

In collaboration with New Fortress Energy and GE, Long Ridge intends to begin providing carbon-free power to customers as early as 2021 by blending hydrogen in the gas stream and transitioning the plant to be capable of burning 100% green hydrogen over the next decade.  

With commercial operations planned for November 2021, Long Ridge will be the first purpose-built hydrogen-burning power plant in the United States and the first worldwide to blend hydrogen in a GE H-class gas turbine. The plant utilizes a GE 7HA.02 combustion turbine, which can burn between 15-20% hydrogen by volume in the gas stream initially, with the capability to transition to 100% hydrogen over time.

The project required a tremendous amount of planning, but luckily Long Ridge was geographically situated advantageously. For initial testing of hydrogen blending, Long Ridge has access to nearby industrial byproduct hydrogen. For the production of green hydrogen with electrolysis, Long Ridge has access to water from the Ohio River. Over time, below-ground salt formations can be used for large-scale hydrogen storage.