Wärtsilä and Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) will be increasing renewable energy sources for Nebraska’s grid by developing a new plant capable of burning hydrogen blends.
Wärtsilä will supply equipment for the 156MW multi-fuel engine power plant
The new Standing Bear Lake Station plant will be located in Douglas County, US and will include nine 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF engines that can operate on natural gas and light fuel oil when needed.
The Wärtsilä multi-fuel engine technology is unique in the fact it can use a range of different energy sources to burn including hydrogen blends.
This can then allow for the creation of carbon neutral fuels in the future to further enhance the decarbonisation of transportation.
Wärtsilä has researched hydrogen as a fuel for 20 years and can currently use 15% to 20% hydrogen blended with natural gas for its engines.
In the future, the group has stated that it is developing the combustion process in its gas engines to allow up to 100% hydrogen be utilised, creating a carbon neutral footprint.
The contract is included in Wärtsilä’s order intake for the second quarter of 2021 with the equipment set to be delivered during the second half of 2022, and the plant scheduled to begin commercial operations in May 2023.
Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation, said, “We are excited to work together with Omaha Public Power District and support the continued journey towards net-zero carbon emissions and an increased share of renewables in their system.
“This is yet another example of how we are enabling decarbonisation and supporting our customers on their way to a renewable energy future. Wärtsilä technology is very well suited to providing balancing power through high operational flexibility, reliability and uptime.
“In fact, this is the second important order of a thermal balancing power plant we announce within the week, the first being the order to Italy.
“With our holistic approach to power systems and expertise in different power generating assets, we can support our customers in defining paths to future sustainable power generation.”
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