Mitsubishi Power, George Power, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) validated 20% hydrogen blending on an advanced gas turbine, resulting in around a 7% reduction in carbon emissions, it was announced today (June 10).

The Plant McDonough-Atkinson facility is located less than 10 miles from downtown Atlanta, powering up to 1.7 million homes, with its six M501G series gas turbines.

It is hoped that hydrogen blending will be rolled out following the success of the trial, to reduce the operating emissions, contributing to Net Zero targets.

Allen Reaves, Senior Vice-President and Senior Production Officer at George Power, said, “This monumental hydrogen demonstration project at Plant McDonough-Atkinson is another example of how, at Georgia Power and Southern Company, we are building the future of energy, today.

“This demonstration helps pave the way for long-term clean and carbon-free use for already existing infrastructure. Making these smart investments today on behalf of our customers ensures we can continue to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy as Georgia grows and thrives for decades to come.”

EPRI researchers were on-site during the testing, and plan to publish a report detailing the results later this summer (2022).

Neva Espinoza, Vice-President of Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources at EPRI, said, “Accelerating low-carbon technology development is essential to achieve net-zero targets by mid-century.

“This successful hydrogen demonstration test reinforces the significant, game-changing role that this and other low-carbon technologies can play to help reach economy-wide decarbonisation.”

Mark Bissonnette, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Power Generation at Mitsubishi Power Americas, said, “Mitsubishi Power is dedicated to our mission of providing power generation and storage solutions to our customers, empowering them to affordably and reliably combat climate change and advance human prosperity.

“The hydrogen blending demonstration project at Plant McDonough-Atkinson brings us closer to reaching Net Zero goals across the industry.”

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