Snam, Baker Hughes test hydrogen blend turbine for gas networks

American energy technology company Baker Hughes and Italian energy infrastructure firm Snam today announced they have successfully completed testing of a hybrid hydrogen turbine designed for a gas network.

In what they claim to be the “world’s first” turbine of its kind, the test paves the way to implement adoption of hydrogen blended with natural gas in Snam’s current transmission network infrastructure.

The first time a gas infrastructure operator such as Snam has tested this type of turbine for its existing assets, the test took place at Baker Hughes’ facility in Florence, Italy with a Baker Hughes NovaLT12 gas turbine.

Set to be installed by 2021 at Snam’s compressor station in Istrana, in the province of Treviso, Italy, the turbine will not only help to compress and move hydrogen fuel blends through Snam’s transmission network of pipelines, but the turbine will simultaneously use the same fuel to power itself.

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