MILWAUKEE, November 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) and EPRI announced today a successful demonstration of the integration of hydrogen into a natural gas generator. The project is the first trial of hydrogen power at an operational scale, connected to the grid for a reciprocating engine generator in the world.
During two weeks of testing in mid-October, hydrogen and natural gas were tested in mixtures of up to 25/75 percent by volume to power one of the turbine generator units serving customers of Upper Michigan Energy Resources, WEC Energy Group. subsidiary.
The test was carried out in an 18-megawatt unit that uses a technology known as RICE – internal combustion engine. The RICE unit was continuously monitored during the trial to measure performance, outcomes and discharge data.
“We are very excited to take a leading role in exploring the potential of this technology as we focus on providing consumers with affordable, reliable and clean energy,” he said. Gale Klappa, executive chairman – WEC Energy Group. “As we bring renewable energy online, we need to make sure we can keep the lights on when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. The results of this project are a strong indication that these portable units can run very low – and on no carbon fuels.”
“Demonstration projects like this are critical to advancing the clean energy technologies needed to meet net-zero goals,” said EPRI’s President and CEO. Arshad Mansoor. “This project will provide key insights into how this can be replicated globally, providing energy companies with a suite of solutions to reduce carbon emissions. We look forward to working with WEC Energy Group and other energy stakeholders throughout the clean energy transition.”
The WEC Energy Group has set the most aggressive environmental goals for the energy industry, including net-zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2050 and net-zero methane emissions from natural gas distribution by the end of 2030.
WEC Energy Group and EPRI worked with several industry groups on the project, including Wärtsilä, Burns and McDonnell, and Certarus. The project would not be possible without the cooperation and support of Cleveland-Cliffs, the main user of the energy produced by the test unit.
EPRI will share a complete analysis of the project in early 2023 to further inform the energy industry of ways to successfully use hydrogen to produce RICE energy to support the reduction of carbon emissions.
About WEC Energy Group
WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), based in Milwaukeeis one of the country’s leading energy companies, serving 4.6 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, in Michigan and Minnesota.
The main services of this company are We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Michigan Gas Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources and Upper Michigan Energy Resources. Another major investment, We Power, designs, builds and owns power plants. In addition, WEC Infrastructure LLC owns a growing group of renewable generation facilities in the Midwest.
WEC Energy Group (wecenergygroup.com) is a Fortune 500 company and part of the S&P 500. The company has approximately 38,000 record holders, 7,000 employees and more. 40 billion dollars of goods.
Founded in 1972, EPRI is the world’s leading independent, not-for-profit energy agency, with offices around the world. EPRI’s trusted experts work with more than 450 companies in 45 countries, driving innovation to ensure communities have clean, safe, reliable, affordable and equitable access to electricity around the world. Together, we are shaping the future of energy.
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