Hydrogen pilot projects advance, evolve at gas utilities

By District Energy posted 08-10-2021 17:09

  

S&P Global

Summary

Progress is continuing at Chesapeake Utilities Corp.'s first hydrogen pilot project at its Eight Flags Energy LLC combined heat and power plant on Amelia Island, Fla., Chesapeake President and CEO Jeff Householder said.

Chesapeake is now working with Solar Turbines Inc., the turbine provider at Eight Flags, to install and test equipment that will allow the facility to burn a 4% hydrogen mix, Householder said. The company has identified a nonrenewable hydrogen source that it will use for initial testing over the next few months. Once the project is fully operational, Chesapeake plans to pivot to green hydrogen.

"We're at the beginning stages of gaining a full understanding of the attributes of hydrogen, particularly in the areas of safety, operations impact, measurement, availability and the effects on downstream customer equipment."

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