Kawasaki and RWE hydrogen collaboration

The hydrogen-powered gas turbine is scheduled to be operational in mid-2024.

With the joint-demonstration project H2GTLingen, German energy company RWE and Japanese comprehensive heavy-industry manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries are planning to install a hydrogen-fueled gas turbine based on renewable green hydrogen in Lingen, Germany. The gas turbine generator set (GPB300 / L30A) with an electrical power output of 34 MWel. will be used to reelectrify hydrogen. H2GT-Lingen will be one of the world’s first pilots to test 100% hydrogen-to-power conversion on an industrial scale turbine.

At the site of its gas-fired power plant in Lingen, RWE intends to generate green hydrogen with electrolysers powered by renewable electricity. The company is planning to build a first 100 MW electrolysis plant in Lingen by 2024, which is to be expanded to 2 GW by the end of the decade.

Kawasaki has developed two different types of combustion systems to achieve 100% hydrogen operation. One is a diffusion flame, the other a Dry-Low-Emission (DLE) combustor. In the beginning, the diffusion flame combustor will be used for the H2GTLingen project. The diffusion flame combustor will use water injection to achieve low emissions. In a subsequent phase, the installed diffusion flame combustor will be replaced by a Micro-Mix DLE combustor (MMX-combustor).

The hydrogen-powered gas turbine is scheduled to be operational in mid-2024