Mitsubishi Power to establish world’s first center for validation of hydrogen-related technologies in Japan

Mitsubishi Power today announced that it will establish a Takasago Hydrogen Park, the world’s first center for validation of hydrogen-related technologies, from hydrogen production to power generation. The center will be co-located at the gas turbine development and manufacturing facility of MHI’s Takasago Machinery Works in Hyogo Prefecture, to support the commercialization of hydrogen gas turbines using hydrogen as fuel. The Takasago Hydrogen Park will be successively expanded and developed going forward. Mitsubishi Power has already announced its 30% hydrogen co-firing for large frame gas turbines and will use Takasago Hydrogen Park to commercialize small and large frame gas turbines on a path to 100% hydrogen firing starting in 2025.

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An integrated system for all aspects of hydrogen-related technologies, from development to demonstration and verification, will be established at the Takasago Machinery Works. For the combustion chamber, the key component of hydrogen gas turbines, Mitsubishi Power will create a work-flow that includes development at the development center (Research and Innovation Center), design, production of an actual machine at the manufacturing plant, and validation testing at the demonstration facility. The hydrogen production facility utilizes a water electrolysis system, and Mitsubishi Power plans to conduct successive testing and verification of other next-generation hydrogen production technologies such as turquoise-hydrogen production by pyrolysis of methane into hydrogen and solid carbon, etc.

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The T-Point 2 facility conducts long-term reliability validation of newly developed technologies, including verification of the next-generation JAC (J-series Air-Cooled) large frame gas turbines, high-efficiency systems that have achieved the world’s first turbine inlet temperature of 1,650°C, conducting operations equivalent to an actual power station 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 leading-edge, 566-megawatt (MW) class gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power generation facility. Testing for 100% hydrogen firing of small- and mid-sized turbines will be conducted using a H-25 class gas turbine.