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    Siemens to supply Nebraska station with hydrogen-ready turbines


The Turtle Creek power station is expected to be in service by 2023.

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Siemens to supply Nebraska station with hydrogen-ready turbines

Siemens Energy said June 17 it would provide two turbines that can run on hydrogen and biofuels to a planned Nebraska power station.

Siemens is providing two SGT6-5000F turbines to an Omaha utility company to power the planned Turtle Creek station, which could be operational by early 2023. The turbines can run on a blend of up to 30% hydrogen as well as biofuel and will serve primarily in a backup capacity.

“As we look to decarbonise energy systems for the future, it is important to be able to increasingly integrate clean burning fuels like hydrogen into our power plants as well, and the Turtle Creek Station is a great example of how we can provide great value to the community by offering reliable and efficient power with a reduced environmental footprint,” said Rich Voorberg, president for Siemens Energy North America.

The power station is part of Omaha Public Power District’s effort to develop 600 MW of solar power generation and as much as 600 MW worth of backup gas generation.

For Siemens, the company said its turbines have the flexibility to utilise hydrogen that is produced with no CO2 emissions.

“Ultimately, these hydrogen-capable gas turbines can pave the way to a more sustainable energy future because they can meet a rapidly growing electricity demand in the short term and in the mid-term can provide back-up power to complement the intermittency of renewable energy,” the company said.

Siemens got an early start on hydrogen as a fuel source. It signed a strategic partnership with China’s Shenzhen Energy in 2019 to develop energy laboratories and expand cooperation in energy technology research and development, solutions for clean energy, smart energy and digitalisation, and green hydrogen energy.  

Siemens has a goal to have all of its new gas turbines capable of using only hydrogen on or before the end of 2030.