NYPA Press Release

Green Hydrogen Demonstration Project to Commence at Brentwood Power Station on Long Island

For Immediate Release: 10/25/21

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Project to Evaluate Green Hydrogen’s Potential Role in Displacing Fossil Fuels from Power Generation and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Results to be Shared with Industry to Inform Strategies to Combat Climate Change and Advance NYS’s Climate Act Goal to Reduce Carbon Emissions 85 Percent by 2050


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BRENTWOOD, N.Y.—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)—in collaboration with its project partners: the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), General Electric (GE), Airgas, an Air Liquide company, Sargent & Lundy, and Fresh Meadow Power—will commence a demonstration project in November to assess the potential of substituting renewable hydrogen for a portion of the natural gas used to generate power at its Brentwood Power Station on Long Island. The nation-leading effort to study renewable hydrogen in this application is a part of the State’s comprehensive decarbonization strategy as outlined in New York’s nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). Representatives from the project partner organizations were on site in Brentwood today to view progress on plant readiness to begin the project.


The NYPA-led, first-of-its-kind demonstration will evaluate the effects of different concentrations of hydrogen blended with natural gas at regular intervals to assess the blend’s effect on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and its overall system and environmental impacts, including nitrogen oxide emissions. At the close of this short-term project, peer-reviewed results will be shared with the industry and public to better inform what efforts can help New York State reach its goal of reducing carbon emissions 85 percent by 2050.The project is expected to last between six and eight weeks.


NYPA Chairman John R. Koelmel said, “As the first utility to perform a demonstration project aimed at evaluating how an existing power generation facility can operate with a hydrogen and natural gas blend, NYPA is continuing to lead the nation in exploring new and innovative paths towards decarbonizing electricity production. We are proud to work with our distinguished partners on this effort and look forward to sharing results.”


Justin E. Driscoll, Interim President and CEO, at NYPA said, “The Green Hydrogen Demonstration Project is important to our path to decarbonization. We are excited to learn from this project and to share our learnings with the industry so that we can together step further along the path to a clean energy economy.”


Gil C. Quiniones, President and CEO, at NYPA said, “In order for us to achieve an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, we are going to have to use every tool in our toolbox, and use new tools and technologies, some that we may not have even discovered yet. This project is an example of diverse energy leaders coming together to test solutions to one of today’s most pressing challenges, climate change. We will share the results of this demonstration project with the entire industry so we can, together, move toward a carbon-free economy in an informed way.”


NYPA’s Brentwood Power Station, which is operated by a GE LM-6000 combustion turbine fueled by natural gas, was commissioned in 2001 to increase power generation capacity for Long Island and New York City in anticipation of shortages. As the gas turbine original equipment manufacturer, GE will supply a state-of-the art hydrogen/natural gas blending system and support the project's planning and execution. Sargent & Lundy, acting as the engineer of record for the project, will provide overall engineering and safety reviews. Airgas is the supplier of renewable hydrogen and Fresh Meadow Power is providing piping system design, material procurement and installation services.


“Reaching net zero requires energy sector collaboration and using all available tools and resources. Demonstrating hydrogen blending in gas turbines is an excellent example of moving the needle forward in the effort to reach our decarbonization goal,” said EPRI President and CEO Arshad Mansoor. “New York has one of the most ambitious clean energy targets in the country, and this initiative could be replicated throughout the state and nation, as we work together to reduce our collective emissions. EPRI is thrilled to be working with NYPA on this groundbreaking project, bringing additional industry expertise through our partnership with Gas Technology Institute and 48 industry sponsors of the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative.”


“GE is honored to provide NYPA with its industry-leading equipment and help deliver one of the world’s first hydrogen demonstration projects, showing the valuable role that gas-fired power plants can play in the energy transition in New York and around the world,” said Scott Strazik, CEO of GE Power. “As an industry, we must continue to take action to reduce emissions from power generation today, while investing in and developing technologies which will enhance the fight against climate change in the years to come.”


Fresh Meadow Power Vice President John Valvo said, “Fresh Meadow Power is honored to be providing design and installation support for this innovative project at New York Power Authority’s Brentwood Generating Facility. The opportunity to provide local service support utilizing a local labor work force offers optimism for a brighter, cleaner future for our community.”


Sargent & Lundy Senior Vice President Paul Eiden said, "Sargent & Lundy is proud to support NYPA and EPRI by providing engineering oversight and safety reviews for the nation's first full-scale demonstration project transforming an existing power generation facility to operate on a hydrogen-blended fuel. We’re thrilled by the opportunity to work with such respected industry partners and leverage our 130 years of experience in the power industry to explore this innovative transition. We look forward to seeing the impact hydrogen-based fuels may have on the landscape of the energy sector and, most importantly, the environment." 


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