Cat moves into hydrogen - Diesel
& Gas Turbine Worldwide (dieselgasturbine.com)
Retrofit kits coming in
2022, company says
Caterpillar will begin offering Cat generator sets capable of
operating on 100% hydrogen, including fully renewable green hydrogen,
on a designed-to-order basis in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Additionally, later this year Caterpillar will launch commercially
available power generation solutions from 400 kW to 4.5 MW that can be
configured to operate on natural gas blended with up to 25% hydrogen.
These innovations leverage power generation projects currently
operating on natural gas blended with up to 80% hydrogen to help
address customers’ carbon-reduction goals with high-performing,
cost-effective technologies that demonstrate the near-term viability
of hydrogen as a fuel source, Caterpillar said in a news release.
Building on 35 years of experience across multiple end markets,
Caterpillar continues to improve the performance of hydrogen-fueled
power technologies with minimal impacts on maintenance costs and
schedules, availability and operations.
“The power solutions landscape is
transforming as customers look to maximize the environmental and
economic benefits of reducing their carbon intensities,” said Bart
Myers, general manager for Caterpillar Large Electric Power. “We’re
extending our leadership through numerous initiatives that demonstrate
the viability of power solutions that can utilize many types of
hydrogen, including fully renewable, in order to shorten the path to
New Caterpillar Hydrogen Fuel-Capable Electric Power Offerings
In the fourth quarter of 2021, Caterpillar will begin offering the Cat
G3516H gas generator set specifically configured to use 100% hydrogen
for fuel. Initially available as demonstrator units in North America
and Europe with initial deliveries in late 2022, the Cat G3516H
generator set will be offered with a rating of 1250 kW for 50 or 60 Hz
continuous, prime, and load management applications.
Later this year, Caterpillar will also begin a staged roll-out of
commercially available Cat CG132B, CG170B, G3500H, G3500 with Fast
Response, and CG260 gas generator sets configured to enable operation
on natural gas blended with up to 25% hydrogen for continuous, prime,
and load management applications in North America and Europe.
Additionally, the company will offer retrofit kits that provide
hydrogen blending capabilities up to 25% hydrogen for select generator
sets built on these engine platforms. Production of new natural gas
generator sets and retrofit kits capable of 25% hydrogen will begin in
the fourth quarter of 2022.
Plans for operating on 100% hydrogen include developing a range of
commercially available products and upgrades for existing Cat gas
generators. The company said the development and launch of these
solutions address potential customer demand growth as the hydrogen
supply infrastructure matures, and these initiatives demonstrate
Caterpillar’s comprehensive, wide-ranging commitment to helping
customers meet their climate-related objectives.
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