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Mitsubishi Power to set up Takasago Hydrogen Park, H2 power demonstration facility

Takasago Hydrogen Park, the world's first center for the validation of hydrogen-related technologies, from hydrogen production to power generation. (Source: Mitsubishi Power)

Mitsubishi Power has announced that it will establish the Takasago Hydrogen Park, the world's first center for the validation of hydrogen-related technologies, from hydrogen production to power generation.

The center will be located at MHI's Takasago Machinery Works gas turbine manufacturing and development facility in Hyogo Prefecture to support the commercialization of hydrogen gas turbines using hydrogen as fuel. The Takasago Hydrogen Parks will be successively expanded and developed in the future.

Takasago Hydrogen Park will be located adjacent to the T-Point 2 combined cycle power plant validation facility. Mitsubishi Power is beginning to test and demonstrate operations of technologies including hydrogen production and storage, and hydrogen supply to gas turbines, with a goal of beginning operations in the fiscal year 2023. The hydrogen production facility uses a water electrolysis system, and Mitsubishi Power plans to conduct successive testing and verification of other hydrogen production technologies from the next generation, such as the production of turquoise hydrogen by pyrolysis of methane into hydrogen and solid carbon, etc.

At Takasago Machinery Works, an integrated system will be established for all aspects of hydrogen-related technologies, from development to demonstration and verification. For the combustion chamber, a key component of hydrogen gas turbines, Mitsubishi Power will create a workflow that includes development at the development center (Research and Innovation Center), design, production of a real machine at the manufacturing and validation testing at the demonstration facility. Mitsubishi Power's gas turbine development process encompasses verification testing of all elements at the basic design stage, incorporating those results into the detailed design, and finally validation with an actual machine.

The T-Point 2 facility conducts long-term reliability validation of newly developed technologies, including verification of next-generation JAC (J-series Air-Cooled) large frame gas turbines, high They have achieved the world's first turbine inlet temperature of 1650°C, performing operations equivalent to a real power plant while connected to the local power grid. This unique facility, unlike any other anywhere in the world, began long-term verification testing on July 1, 2020, as a gas turbine combined cycle power generation facility. GTCC) of state-of-the-art 566 megawatts (MW) class.

To support the commercialization of hydrogen gas turbines by 2025, verification of large gas turbines is underway at the T-Point 2 facility for power generation using a JAC-class turbine, initially starting at 30% co-combustion of hydrogen and increasing co-combustion of hydrogen over time. Testing for 100% hydrogen combustion of the small and medium turbines will be performed using an H-25 class gas turbine.

As part of the Energy Transition Strategy, the MHI group is building a value chain for hydrogen, from production to use, through further integration and advancement of the existing energy infrastructure and hydrogen-related technologies. . By further developing this approach and linking it with many different types of hydrogen-centric industries, MHI aims to establish a "hydrogen ecosystem" that will form the foundation of a sustainable society and accelerate its commercialization through verification at Takasago Hydrogen. Park. 

Author : Debi Dash
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