GE has announced that is has commenced its hydrogen plant readiness assessment of Grain power station in Kent, England, which is the newest combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station in Uniper’s UK portfolio. Since the signing of a co-operation agreement Uniper and GE have been collaborating closely on the long-term decarbonisation of Uniper's gas-fired power plants and natural gas storage facilities. To support this effort, GE’s plant assessment at Grain will seek to develop detailed solutions to enable the 1365 MW CCGT plant to use blends of hydrogen up to 40% by volume, which should lower its carbon emissions and help achieve Uniper’s decarbonisation target.
“Uniper set the strategic goal of carbon-neutrality in its European generation by 2035, and this project marks a tangible step toward the decarbonisation of our gas assets,” said Ian Rogers, Uniper head of ‘Asset Improvement and Making Net Zero Possible’ project.
The project will define the plant equipment modifications necessary for the existing GT26 gas turbines to accommodate hydrogen fuel blends of significant volumes. Engineering and consulting teams at GE’s sites worldwide will support the assessment in a cross-functional effort.
More than 100 GE gas turbines have already accumulated greater than 8 million operating hours burning hydrogen, and have produced approximately 530 TWh of electricity in the process.