GE and Uniper to explore hydrogen blending on decarbonisation path


GE and Uniper are collaborating on a decarbonisation roadmap to lower emissions at the newest combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station in Uniper’s UK portfolio.

Uniper outlined how since signing a cooperation agreement, it has worked closely with GE on the long-term decarbonisation of its gas-fired power plants and natural gas storage facilities. This now includes a hydrogen plant readiness assessment, which is considered a significant step in Uniper’s Grain gas-fired power plant’s decarbonisation roadmap. It will explore solutions that allow the 1,365MW CCGT plant to use blends of hydrogen up to 40% in volume, helping it to lower its carbon emissions.

It will define the plant equipment modifications that are necessary for the existing gas turbines to accommodate hydrogen fuels of significant volumes, with multiple engineering and consulting teams across GE’s sites globally involved in supporting the assessment.  

Ian Rogers, Uniper’s Head of Asset Improvement and Making Net Zero Possible project, said: “Investigating lower carbon options for gas turbines could help the power generation industry reduce its carbon emissions over the next decade and blending hydrogen with natural gas to lower carbon emissions is one of the options we’re exploring. The assessment will provide us with the scope of the upgrade needed to support operation of up to 40% hydrogen by volume, while maintaining both plant economics and reliability.”