GE, IHI seek ammonia ‘roadmap’ for gas turbines
By Jack Burke22 June 2021 2 min read
GE and IHI Corp. (IHI), a heavy industry manufacturer based in Japan,
said they will collaborate to develop a pathway to using ammonia in
both existing and new gas turbines in Asia.
The companies seek what they call an Ammonia Roadmap and they will
conduct advanced research on the marketplace volume of ammonia as well
as feasibility studies for ammonia as feedstock for gas turbine power
plant installations in Japan and across Asia. The companies signed a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining their plans.
Ammonia is utilized today as a fertilizer, chemical raw material and
used recently, as a fuel, effectively produced in industrial
applications. In addition, when used as a carrier for hydrogen,
ammonia enables an efficient, lower-cost transport and storage of a
carbon-free fuel which can be used directly in natural gas power
generation. Since ammonia contains no carbon, it does not emit carbon
dioxide when burned and may therefore enhance the power sector’s
efforts in reducing carbon emissions.
“GE is continuing to advance our gas power technologies towards near
zero-carbon power generation and part of this evolution may involve
the use of ammonia as a fuel in order to reduce CO₂ emissions,” said
Ramesh Singaram, president and CEO for GE Gas Power in Asia. “We look
forward to the collaboration with IHI. “Together, we’ll define an
ammonia gas turbine business roadmap supporting both companies’ goal
of reducing carbon emissions from gas turbines power installations.”
IHI is a leading Japanese integrated heavy industry group that
originated with the establishment of the nation’s first modern
shipyard in 1853. In power generation, the company manufactures
boilers and gas turbines for thermal power plants.
A 2000 kW class gas turbine co-firing liquid
ammonia and natural gas at IHI Yokohama Works. IHI and GE announced
that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed for
collaborative development of gas turbine business roadmap (Ammonia
Roadmap). The Ammonia Roadmap will support the use of ammonia as a
carbon-free fuel to lower carbon emissions in both existing and new
“IHI is the leading company of ammonia co-firing technology on a
gas-turbine with 70% of the liquid ammonia co-firing ratio,” said Koji
Takeda, executive officer president of Resources, Energy & Environment
Business Area IHI. “GE and IHI have a strong relationship through the
gas turbine and aero engine business. We are thrilled to collaborate
with GE and develop a new business opportunity.
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