For the past two decades, replacement of retiring coal-fired power generation with a combination of natural gas and renewable power has been very effective in decarbonizing the power grid.
For the past two decades, replacement of retiring coal-fired power generation with a combination of natural gas and renewable power has been very effective in decarbonizing the power grid. But in some areas, retirement of coal has largely run its course, and for the next phase of decarbonization, storage will play a larger role. Although Li-ion batteries will dominate short duration storage installations, longer duration storage will require the use of renewable hydrogen.
Hydrogen has several industrial uses today and many experts believe in a future “renewable hydrogen society” that uses hydrogen to fuel transportation, electric generation and even home heating. In fact, Japan has fully committed to this endeavor ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government established a $348 million fund to set up hydrogen refueling stations and other infrastructure.
Renewable hydrogen’s potential is inextricably linked with increasing deployment of renewable resources like wind and solar. As we put more and more renewable capacity on the power grid, we have a larger and larger need for storage to balance supply with demand. Sometimes we’ll need to store power for a few minutes or a few hours, other times we’ll need to store power for days, weeks or even seasons. During high generation periods, the excess electricity created by wind and solar can charge Li-ion batteries to meet short term storage needs, and can power electrolysis equipment to produce renewable hydrogen to meet longer term storage needs. For these longer duration storage needs, the most cost effective stored power will come from gas turbines fueled by renewable hydrogen with zero carbon emissions.
Our experience with fuel mixes including hydrogen dates back 50 years; today, MHPS has 29 power plants, amassing over 3 million operating hours, using fuel comprised of up to 90% hydrogen content. In 2025, MHPS will demonstrate 100% hydrogen firing at the Vattenfall Magnum power plant in Groningen, Netherlands. Following successful demonstration, MHPS will offer the technology on new units and as fleet upgrades.
As the renewable hydrogen society continues to take shape, MHPS will be ready with clean dispatchable technology to lead a change in power.
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