The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has received an American Public Power Association Energy Innovator Award for a hydrogen blending project at the utility’s Brentwood Power Station.

NYPA had partnered with EPRI, GE, Airgas, Sargent & Lundy and Fresh Meadow Power to document the effectiveness of generating power using up to 40 percent hydrogen blended with natural gas at Brentwood, located on Long Island.

The project began in the fall of 2021, with the testing period completed during the third quarter of 2022.

The project burned blended hydrogen for a total of 12.5 hours at varying load ranges and hydrogen-natural gas blends. The results showed a decrease in CO2 emissions of as much as 20 percent at peak hydrogen levels. NYPA said it did not need to perform any modifications to the gas turbine.

Hydrogen produces zero carbon emissions when combusted as a fuel source and is therefore seen as a potential option to decarbonize the power sector. Hydrogen is also seen as essential for decarbonizing difficult to abate sectors of the U.S. economy, such as heavy-duty manufacturing, chemical production and heavy-duty transportation.

According to the American Public Power Association, the award honors utilities that have developed or applied creative, energy-efficient techniques and technologies to their work in order to provide better service to electric customers or projects that increase the efficiency of utility operations or resource efficiency.

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