Renewable hydrogen energy hub progresses

Renewable hydrogen energy hub progresses

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) will supply two M501 JAC power trains for the Intermountain Power Plant in Delta, Utah, which will soon run on renewable hydrogen.

The award announced today is the first for Advanced Class Gas Turbines designed and purchased as part of a comprehensive plant which will transition from coal, to natural gas, and then to renewable hydrogen.

The plants transition to hydrogen will begin in 2025 when the turbines will commercially use a mix of 30% hydrogen and 70% natural gas.

Then between 2025-2045, the hydrogen capability will be increased to 100% renewable hydrogen, enabling carbon-free utility-scale power generation.

“Our mission is to provide affordable, reliable power with a future vision of becoming a net-zero carbon energy resource,” said Dan Eldredge, General Manager of the Intermountain Power Agency.

Owned by IPA and operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the plant will provide 840MW of reliable energy to the IPA purchasers it serves, including Los Angeles and municipalities in other parts of California and Utah.

The power plant is connected to the Los Angeles power grid by an existing high voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission line.

IPA will recieive MHPS’s newest generation JAC air-cooled dry low nitrogen oxide combustion system with hydrogen rich fuel capability. The gas turbines have more than 3.5 million hours of high-hydrogen operation experience.

The hydrogen produced will be stored in an underground salt dome at the site, using technology that currently supplies hydrogen to US refineries in the Gulf Coast.

“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,” said Pail Browning, President and CEO of MHPS America.

“We believe both IPP and ACES will be essential renewable energy infrastructure that will eventually help enable a 100% renewable power fried for the entire western interconnect of the US and will also provide renewable hydrogen for industrial and transport uses.”

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