Siemens Energy To Provide Hydrogen-Capable Turbines For Solar Installation In Nebraska

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Siemens Energy announced that it will provide two SGT6-5000F turbines to power Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) new Turtle Creek Station Peaking Plant in Papillion, Nebraska.

The simple cycle turbine facility will be used to modernize backup generation in OPPD’s fleet, which means that the plant will run only as needed to provide a resilient and reliable source of electricity for the community.

The turbines offer the ability to run on up to 30% hydrogen and biodiesel in support of future technology advancements. They also offer a fast start time and low emissions while helping to rapidly stabilize the transmissions system to adjust for the variable output of solar generation.

Siemens Energy gas-fired combustion turbines can help to decarbonize operations gradually and flexibly by allowing hydrogen produced with no CO2 emissions to be blended into the fuel mix to meet the environmental and regulatory needs of the market.

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 backup power to complement the intermittency of renewable energy.

Siemens Energy has set an ambitious target to have all its new gas turbines (the SGT6-5000F included) capable of burning 100% hydrogen on or before the end of 2030.

Rich Voorberg, president of Siemens Energy North America, said, “We are proud OPPD selected our F-Class Turbines to complement their utility-scale renewable energy generation projects. As we look to decarbonize 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.”

The Turtle Creek Station is part of OPPD’s Power with Purpose project that aims to provide affordable, reliable, and environmentally sensitive energy services to customers. This involves developing up to 600 megawatts of solar generation and up to 600 megawatts of modernized replacement and backup natural gas generation resources.

The Turtle Creek Station is expected to be operational in late Spring of 2023.

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