GE and Long Ridge Energy Terminal , a subsidiary unit of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors, have announced a successful first step to transition Long Ridge’s power plant toward carbon-free hydrogen.
Following the start of commercial operation, the plant conducted a successful demonstration using a hydrogen-blended fuel in GE’s HA gas turbine at Long Ridge’s 485 MW combined cycle power plant located in Hannibal, Ohio, USA. The hydrogen blending test was completed on March 30, 2022, using hydrogen produced as a by-product from a nearby industrial facility.
The plant is powered by a GE 7HA.02 gas turbine, which can currently burn 15-20 per cent hydrogen by volume in the gas stream. It is expected that this capability will be increased to 100 per cent. GE provided an integrated fuel blending system to allow an initial blending of 5 per cent hydrogen by volume and natural gas to demonstrate the capability. The blended fuel was injected to the combustion system of the gas turbine. Further upgrades will allow the power plant to utilise higher percentages of hydrogen subject to fuel availability and economics.
The facility plans to produce hydrogen onsite and is considering the use of below-ground salt formations for large-scale hydrogen storage.