A convergence of technology development, policy support, and industry investment trends are accelerating the pace of Hydrogen (H2) technology demonstrations, increasing the likelihood of power sector impacts. In preparation for a largescale power sector shift toward decarbonization for a low carbon future, several major power equipment manufacturers are developing gas turbines that can operate on a high H2-volume fuel. Many have H2 capable systems now that range from 5 to 100% H2 by volume. Units with 100% H2 capabilities are either using a diffusion burner or some version of a wet low emissions (WLE) burner. Most dry low emission/dry low NOx (DLE/DLN) technologies are currently limited to ~50% H2 or less. Therefore, research is currently underway to develop low NOx gas turbine combustion systems with improved Hydrogen capability.
This presentation plans to provide an overview of the technical challenges of Hydrogen usage and inclusion within gas turbine combustion systems. This will include operational considerations of flashback, blowoff, combustion instabilities, and NOx emissions.
Matt Ballew | Technology Strategist, Luminant
Ben Emerson | Senior Research Engineer, Georgia Tech
Alan Ettlinger | Senior Director, New York Power Authority
Bobby Noble | Program Manager, EPRI
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