Test runs to fuel Capwatt’s power station in Maia, Portugal, with a blend of up to 10% green hydrogen and natural gas will be carried out by Wärtsilä together with the plant operator staring from the first quarter of 2023. The combined heat and power station (CHP), powered by a Wärtsilä 34SG engine, provides energy for the Sonea Campus.
Conservative politicians in Germany call for new gas-fired power plants as a vital “bridge technology.” Exiting both coal and nuclear would not be possible „only with wind power, mandatory solar roofs, climate neutral heating and the hope that our neighbours have some energy left for us,” said Raimund Haser, environment expert for the Christian Democrats (CDU).
Saudi Aramco and Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) have teamed up with GE to decarbonise operations of their power generation assets. The collaboration will include R&D in the field of advanced carbon capture, based on optimised solvent technology, as well as upgrades of existing gas turbines to hydrogen or ammonia co-firing.
Offshore wind, combined with energy storage, will cover a fast-rising share of the world’s energy mix as power generators seek to limit their reliance on fossil fuels. Capex spending on offshore wind could reach $1 trillion worldwide by 2031, Wood Mackenzie finds, calling on investors to look beyond bid prices and lease fees when scaling up projects.
Japan’s largest power producers JERA wants to invest 1.4 trillion yen ($11 billion) to decarbonise fossil power stations at home and to expand its assets overseas in a bid to boost net profits. The announced Capex includes 250 billion yen for upgrading gas power plants to hydrogen co-firing and for sourcing green fuel from abroad.
Japan’s largest LNG importer JERA has agreed to buy all stakes in two US thermal power stations from Stonepeak Investment. The Canal Generating Plant in Massachusetts and Bucksport Generation in Maine have a combined capacity of 1.63 GW and are partially equipped with fast-start gas turbines that JERA seeks to enhance.
JERA, Japan’s largest LNG importer and power producer, has announced it will strive for flexible fuel procurement in the face of soaring gas prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. To ensure supply security, JERA replaced some LNG-fuelled power plants with coal power units while others are being converted to co-fire hydrogen.
Desertec, a project to transmit electricity generated by solar plants in the Sahara Desert to Europe, might be revived although in a different form. This time, the idea supported by the European Union is to use solar power to produce green hydrogen in northern Africa and Spain to accelerate Europe’s independence from Russian energy imports.
Uniper has selected Thomasssen Energy and PSM to retrofit one gas turbine at Unit 3 of Rotterdam Capelle (RoCa3) power plant with the HyFlex LEC-II combustion system, capable to run on a blend of natural gas and hydrogen. RoCa3 is a combined-cycle power unit, driven by a Frame 9E gas turbine, which will co-fire up to 30% hydrogen.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has launched a study, known as ‘Hydrogen to Infinity (H2∞)’, to examine the potential of blending hydrogen into a gas transmission pipeline. Researchers will investigate the injection and storage of different hydrogen blends in the pipeline and its combustion in NCPA’s Lodi Energy Center, powered by a Siemens 5000F4 gas turbine.