Baker Hughes announces progress on hydrogen initiatives at Annual Meeting

Baker Hughes has announced progress on several key hydrogen initiatives. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Baker Hughes has reported progress on several initiatives to support the growth of the hydrogen economy, during the 24th Baker Hughes Annual Meeting held in Florence, Italy

Baker Hughes has launched a new Hydrogen Testing Facility in Florence for validation of its NovaLT industrial turbines to run blends all the way up to 100% hydrogen. The new facility includes a test bench to allow full load testing, with complete fuel flexibility up to 100% hydrogen and features a 300-bar pressure and 2,450 kg storage capacity. This infrastructure, aligned to the highest standards of safety and security – which are particularly crucial when dealing with hydrogen – allows Baker Hughes to test turbines in all project conditions, providing customers with enhanced operational confidence. The new Hydrogen Testing Facility will then serve as a hub for Baker Hughes’ collaboration with customers in the growing hydrogen economy.

Baker Hughes recently completed manufacturing and testing of its NovaLT 16 hydrogen turbines for Air Products’ Net-Zero Hydrogen Energy Complex in Edmonton, Canada. The company also reported the delivery of the first two trains of advanced hydrogen compression solutions for the NEOM project in Saudi Arabia, the largest green hydrogen project in the world, through a joint venture of ACWA Power, Air Products and NEOM. Baker Hughes recently invested in expanding its manufacturing site in Modon, Saudi Arabia, to further support the delivery of projects in the country, including NEOM, with localised testing and packaging solutions. 

Collaboration agreement

The company executed a collaboration agreement with HyET – a company that provides technologies for low-cost, distributed power generation and commercially viable hydrogen production at high pressure – for the development, industrialisation and commercialisation of an advanced hydrogen compression solution. Baker Hughes also signed a memorandum of understanding with Green Energy Park, a vertically integrated renewable energy company with ammonia and hydrogen terminals projects worldwide, and part of Green Energy Park Global group. 

“These low-carbon and carbon-free energy advancements illustrate how the urgency of the energy transition has transformed customer relationships into comprehensive partnerships for innovation across several projects,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes. “There is no path to net-zero without innovation and collaboration, and our work with customers and partners, including Air Products, is proving the validity of the hydrogen economy and of our strategy to invest and develop innovative solutions to cover the entire hydrogen value chain.”

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