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Our world is at a profound energy crossroads. Man-made climate change is considered one of the greatest threats to the earth’s ecosystem. To change course, the world must act quickly to decarbonize every aspect of modern life, from transportation to power. This requires a global effort that necessitates cooperation and coordination from every major institution, government, and company to help face and meet the challenge.
GE knows that the power sector serves as a model for other industries and the rest of the world. Lower-carbon solutions, such as Renewable Energy supported by Gas Power, can contribute to a more decarbonized energy future. Their complementary nature offers tremendous potential to help address carbon emissions with the speed and scale the world requires.
GE Gas Power brings decades of experience in reducing carbon emissions with the development of advanced combustion technologies and carbon capture systems. We’ve worked with customers in many regions around the world when it comes to coal-to-gas switching, enabling a meaningful reduction in emissions. And in 2020, GE signed several important agreements highlighting gas' role towards decarbonizing the electricity industry. In July, GE signed an agreement with Uniper, to produce a detailed roadmap towards decarbonization, including increasing the use of emissions-friendly hydrogen in GE gas turbines and compressors in Uniper's power plants and gas storage facilities across Europe. In September, GE joined the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI), a joint, five-year initiative of Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) to accelerate the development and demonstration of low-carbon energy technologies.
Continuing this journey, GE recently announced to work together with New Fortress Energy (NFE) to prepare its 485 MW combined-cycle power plant - Long Ridge Energy Terminal located in Ohio – to transition to run on carbon-free hydrogen. Long Ridge expected to 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. Scott Strazik, CEO of GE Gas Power commented: “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 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 gas turbine experience to help Long Ridge achieve its goal of providing reliable, affordable, and lower-carbon power to its customers.”
Author: Jim Donohue
Title: Marketing Director, Market Insights and Promotion, GE Gas Power
Jim Donohue has more than 38 years’ experience in the power generation industry. Jim’s expertise spans Engineering, Product Management, Commercial Sales, and Strategic Marketing. Most notable, Jim was instrumental in leading the Asia team in development of several strategic proposals for new combined cycle power plant projects in Tokyo working closely with Japanese utilities. In his current position, he leads the strategy for developing customer and competitor market insights and helps to position Senior Leadership in the Gas Power business across the power industry globally.