Q&A: How industry executives see the emerging ‘hydrogen economy’?

By District Energy posted 10-06-2021 11:34


Diesel & Gas Turbine Worldwide


The following is an excerpt of an interview with Diesel & Gas Turbine Worldwide and Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO Wärtsilä Corp., Prof. KangKi Lee, senior vice president, High Power Systems, AVL List GmbH, Marty Haycraft, vice president of Caterpillar Inc. and president and CEO of Progress Rail, Javaid Riaz, general manager, Parker Gas Turbine Division, Paul Browning, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Power Americas and Carlos Lange, president and CEO of INNIO.

What do you see as your company’s role what some are touting as the emerging hydrogen economy?

Riaz: For over 50 years, GTF has worked closely with GT OEMs and Operators to make Rotating Equipment more Efficient and with enhanced Availability. The ‘new’ challenge is a natural evolution of this. Gas Turbines provide a solid path to provide power in this emerging Hydrogen economy with the stability that renewables are currently unable to achieve. GTs are already being fueled with ever increasing % of Hydrogen mix fuels. This trend will continue. There is a solid link between GT air filtration and GT performance. This can be in the form of simply reducing the lifetime pressure loss of the GT filter, allowing the operator to stay within a tight band of controlled emissions and the extension to filter life.

Lange: INNIO is a pioneer and an integral part of the energy transition. Currently the use of combined heat and power (CHP) generation with gas engines offers a CO2 reduction of more than 30% compared to generating electricity and heat separately. Additionally, CHP provides overall efficiency levels of 90% and more. While INNIO is an industry leader in CHP, we continue to identify and deliver technologies that reduce carbon emissions even more, such as hydrogen.

Our technological progress and search for solutions for a climate-neutral, greener and safer energy future drives us to be a key enabler in the transition to deliver carbon free heat and power. I am very proud that, as one of the pioneers in the industry, we have announced the first “Ready for H2” product portfolio in the power generation range from 200 kW to 10.4 MW. With our extensive range of innovative and fuel-flexible Jenbacher gas engines – which can be operated with renewable gas, natural gas, or hydrogen-rich fuels – our role is to pave the way for a greener energy future for our customers worldwide.

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