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Michigan, US power plant to trial hydrogen fuel blend
© Wärtsilä
Michigan, US power plant to trial hydrogen fuel blend
© Wärtsilä

Michigan, US power plant to trial hydrogen fuel blend

A project to test hydrogen blended fuel to reduce carbon-emissions of power plant operations in Michigan, US, has been announced today (May 30).

Wärtsilä, WEC Energy Group, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and Burns & McDonnell, have been contracted to carry out the hydrogen fuel testing at the A.J. Mihm power plant in Michigan, US.

The project, supporting WEC’s ambitions of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2030, plans to see the 55MW plant run on a fuel blend of 25 vol.% hydrogen and natural gas, using Wärtsilä’s 50SG engine.

In addition to A.J. Mihm’s plant, Wärtsilä have also supplied WEC with seven of its 50SG gas engines for F.D. Kuester power plant in Michigan, hinting that further hydrogen blending could be on the horizon.

Jon Rodriguez, Director Engine Power at Wärtsilä North America, said, “These hydrogen tests reinforce the viability of the internal combustion engine as a future-proof technology that plays a key role in decarbonising the power industry.

“We have long had a focus on creating solutions that enable zero-carbon power generation and are excited to begin this hydrogen testing project in the USA as a natural next step in developing our products to meet customer needs for a decarbonised future.”

Wärtsilä already has engine generating sets operating on a hydrogen and natural gas blend at an offshore floating testbed in Singapore.

Read more: Wärtsilä to provide hydrogen blend engine generating sets for “Floating Living Lab” in Singapore

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.


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