Jera Americas plans hydrogen fuel blending to cut emission
Jera plans to transit to a clean energy economy and aiming to become carbon neutral by 2050.
Jera Americas, a subsidiary of energy company Jera, plans to blend hydrogen at two plants (Linden Cogeneration and Cricket Valley Energy Center) to cut CO2 emissions.
The company is progressing towards carbon neutrality with an initial plan to use hydrogen fuel blending in its the US power generation portfolio.
Linden Cogeneration signed an agreement with Phillips 66 for Linden Cogeneration to take Bayway Refinery produced hydrogen-containing fuel gas and blend it with natural gas used to fuel the 172 MW Linden Cogen unit 6 gas turbine. Phillips 66’s Bayway Refinery, located on New York Harbor in Linden, processes mainly light, low-sulfur crude oil.
The project will be completed in 2022 and will enable using a fuel gas blend containing up to 40% hydrogen. The blending will reduce emission, subject to the amount of hydrogen during operation, though it is expected that around 10% emission reduction will be achieved from unit 6.
Jera Americas acquired a 50% interest in Linden Cogeneration in 2017 and served as the asset manager for the facility. The 972 MW natural gas-fueled thermal cogeneration plant produces power and steam, supplies for industrial use under long-term contracts and sells it in the wholesale markets. The plant starts operating in 1992 and has six gas turbine units and three steam turbines; and is jointly owned by Jera Americas, EGCO, DBJ and GS-Platform Partners.
Jera Americas is also involved in a second project to employ hydrogen technology to reduce carbon emissions at Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC). It is a part-owner of CVEC, which signed a memorandum of understanding with GE to develop a green hydrogen demonstration project in New York. Both partners agreed to use hydrogen for 5% of the fuel in one of the three units at the power station, aiming to convert to a 100% hydrogen fuel capable plant eventually.
Steven C Winn, CEO of Jera Americas, said, “Our parent company, Jera, has set an ambitious goal to be net-zero CO2 by 2050, with an interim goal of 20% reduction in CO2 emission intensity for its business in Japan by 2030.”