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Siemens Energy announces hydrogen partnership with Intermountain Power Agency in Utah

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Siemens Energy today announced it is teaming up with Intermountain Power Agency. Indeed, this partnership is set to perform a conceptual design study on integrating a hydrogen energy storage system into an advanced class combined cycle power plant.

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Siemens Energy on its new hydrogen partnership with Intermountain Power Agency

Earlier today, Siemens Energy announced it is teaming up with Intermountain Power Agency. Therefore, this partnership will include the performance of a conceptual design study on integrating a hydrogen energy storage system into an advanced class combined cycle power plant.

Moreover, the project already received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Notably, this is one of four funding awards received by Siemens Energy in late 2020 to advance hydrogen applications in the U.S. power generation sector.

In fact, the study is set to begin in March 2021 at the 840-MW Intermountain Generating Station in Delta, Utah. Hence, this study aims to analyze the overall efficiency and reliability of the CO2-free power supply. Furthermore, this process involves large-scale production and storage of hydrogen.

Additionally, the study will analyze aspects of integrating the system into an existing power plant and transmission grid, such as the interaction with subsystems, sizing, and costs, said the companies in a press release.

“The study will go around Siemens Energy’s Silyzer technology. Indeed, this one uses electrolysis to generate hydrogen. Besides, the scope of our research will include hydrogen compression, storage, and intelligent plant controls,” said Tim Holt, an executive board member at Siemens Energy.

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Moreover, Holt added; “this is an exciting opportunity to work with the Intermountain Power Agency on integrating the cost-efficient use of CO2-free hydrogen in a power plant on a large scale basis. Thus, the outcomes will benefit customers in advancing the knowledge about using hydrogen in the U.S. power sector. Ultimately, this project puts us one step closer to decarbonizing electricity production.”

Currently, the Intermountain Generating Station is transitioning from coal to natural gas; with plans to integrate 30% hydrogen fuel at start-up in 2025 and 100% hydrogen by 2045. Moreover, the project will provide 840 MW of electricity to customers in Utah and Southern California.

“By switching from coal to a mixture of natural gas and hydrogen, we can reduce carbon emissions by more than 75%;” said Dan Eldredge, general manager of Intermountain Power Agency.

Finally, “we are committed as leaders in the transition to a clean energy future. Furthermore, while taking advantage of the significant energy infrastructure already in place at the Intermountain Power Project. In brief, this study will help pave the way for the successful transition to net-zero carbon power generation.”

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