Baker Hughes’s latest achievements showed notable advances in its hydrogen-enabling technologies. It also made substantial progress in forming various customers’ hydrogen projects and forging new collaborations within the sector.
Firstly, the company revealed its latest achievement: a state-of-the-art Hydrogen Testing Facility. It is designed specifically for validating its NovaLT industrial turbines capable of operating with hydrogen blends up to 100%. This facility boasts a comprehensive test bench. It allows for full load testing and complete fuel flexibility up to 100% hydrogen. With a storage capacity of 2,450 kg and a pressure of 300 bar, this infrastructure enables Baker Hughes to test turbines under diverse project conditions thoroughly. Moreover, it will serve as a pivotal hub for joint efforts with customers in the rapidly growing hydrogen economy.
Furthermore, Baker Hughes recently completed the manufacturing and testing of its NovaLT16 hydrogen turbines. These turbines underwent rigorous full-load testing at the new Hydrogen Testing Facility. They offer adaptable deployment options for various industrial applications. These include combined heat and power, as well as pipeline and gas storage operations.
The company has also made significant headway in its collaboration with Air Products. They delivered the initial two trains of hydrogen compression solutions for the NEOM project in Saudi Arabia. This project, deemed the largest green hydrogen endeavor globally, is a joint venture between ACWA Power, Air Products, and NEOM. To support such endeavors, Baker Hughes has invested in the expansion of its manufacturing site in Modon, Saudi Arabia. In doing so, the company ensured localized testing and packaging solutions to speed up project delivery.
In addition to its partnership with Air Products, Baker Hughes has entered into a collaboration agreement with HyET. This partnership focuses on the development, industrialization, and commercialization of a hydrogen compression solution. This will further strengthen Baker Hughes’ position in the hydrogen sector.
Moreover, the company has inked a memorandum of understanding with Green Energy Park, a prominent renewable energy company. This agreement outlines the principles of potential collaboration across multiple segments of the green hydrogen value chain. These principles include production, storage, transportation, and use of green hydrogen and ammonia-based fuels. Furthermore, it explores the co-development of related technologies and projects at a gigawatt scale, stressing Baker Hughes’ commitment to sustainable energy solutions.
In August of last year, Baker Hughes formed a partnership with Avports, an airport management company, to develop and operate onsite hydrogen-fueled microgrids at U.S. airports, showing its dedication to expanding hydrogen infrastructure.
Earlier in the same year, Baker Hughes announced a strategic partnership with NET Power, aiming for the commercial deployment of near-zero-emission power systems. In this partnership, Baker Hughes will supply its CO₂ turboexpanders and other pumping and compression technology for NET Power plants. Leveraging its system integration and process knowledge, Baker Hughes aims to speed up the market deployment of these innovative power systems.
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