GE and Long Ridge Energy Terminal announced the first step to transition Long Ridge’s power plant toward carbon-free hydrogen.
The plant is a subsidiary unit of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC and GCM Grosvenor.
Following the start of commercial operation in October 2021, 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 in Hannibal, Ohio.
The hydrogen blending test was completed last month at the facility using hydrogen produced as a by-product from a nearby industrial facility.
Long Ridge used a mix of natural gas and 5% hydrogen for the first firing test. The journey to larger amounts of hydrogen will require innovation where the 7HA.02 gas turbine can already burn hydrogen fuel blends of up to 20%.
The plant is powered by a GE 7HA.02 gas turbine, which can burn between 15-20% hydrogen by volume in the gas stream initially and is expected to utilise up to 100% hydrogen over time.
Hydrogen fuels and post-combustion carbon capture, utilisation and sequestration (CCUS) are two breakthrough technology solutions that can further decarbonisation in the coming years and make it a ‘destination technology’ in the energy transition.
Hannibal is also situated near natural underground salt deposits that could be used to store large quantities of hydrogen.