2020-09-16
Mitsubishi launches the world’s first green hydrogen standards package

Mitsubishi launches the world’s first green hydrogen standards package

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Mitsubishi Power one of the leading power generation and energy storage company has launched the world’s first standard packages for green hydrogen integration in a move towards becoming 100% carbon-free power generation.

As the share of renewable energy in the energy mix grows, there is going to be an increased need for power balancing and energy storage as essential components to successfully operate a low-carbon power grid.

“Mitsubishi Power’s standard packages cut through the complexity power generators and grid operators encounter when integrating renewable power, gas turbines, green hydrogen, and other energy storage technologies,” the company said in its official statement.

Mitsubishi has been selected as the green hydrogen storage integrator for three projects, in addition to the previous two, totaling more than $3 billion using its latest standard packages.

“We previously announced two green hydrogen projects in Delta, Utah, that was the inspiration for the Hystore package, which provides massive long-duration storage of renewable energy. We are now announcing three additional projects that will utilize the Hydaptive package to provide greatly improved power plant flexibility and make a power plant 'hydrogen ready' as hydrogen infrastructure matures and renewable storage requirements increase,” said Paul Browning, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Power Americas.

Each of the new project use Hydaptive package to help convert units over time from natural gas to hydrogen energy storage. These three projects also include AC gas turbine power islands that are initially capable of operating on 30% green hydrogen, with future capability of operating on 100% green hydrogen.

The previously announced green hydrogen projects in Delta, Utah are the Advanced Clean Energy Storage project and the $1.9 billion Intermountain Power Project.

About the package

Mitsubishi Power’s integrated green hydrogen solutions include the Hydaptive package and the Hystore™ package.

The Hydaptive package provides renewable energy flexibility by acting as a near-instantaneous power balancing resource that greatly enhances the ability of a simple cycle or combined cycle power plant to ramp output up and down to provide grid balancing services. It integrates a hydrogen and natural gas fueled gas turbine power plant with electrolysis to produce green hydrogen using 100% renewable power and onsite storage of green hydrogen. The TOMONI software and controls enable rapid load response by integrating operations of the gas turbines and the electrolysis plants. The package is available for new gas turbine power plants or as a retrofit to existing plants to improve flexibility and extend asset life.

The Hystore package combines the Hydaptive package with access to large-scale off-site hydrogen production and storage infrastructure, enabling large-scale renewable energy storage that shifts variable renewable energy over time, from hours to seasons, and provides reliable and cost-effective carbon-free energy when the grid needs it most.