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What Does ‘H2 Ready’ Mean for Energy Suppliers?

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Siemens Energy is the first company in the world to receive certification for ‘H2 Ready’ power plant concept by TÜV SÜD. Quadrant Smart looks at what this means and how it will shape the future of energy.

Siemens Energy has received a new independent certification from TÜV SÜD that indicates the company has a hydrogen ready power plant concept.

Developed in collaboration with subject matter experts from Siemens Energy, the new guideline for defining ‘H2 Readiness’ will increase investment security for utilities.

With natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants (CCPP) currently being built or planned expected to run partially or fully on hydrogen fuel in the future, this new certification will allow increased investment security for power plant operators’ hydrogen journeys.

Hydrogen is playing a central role in the decarbonisation of energy systems

Some new combined or single cycle gas-fired power plants are already being advertised as “H2-Ready” today. Until now, however, there hasn’t been a clear definition of what this term means.

Reiner Block, CEO of the Industry Service Division at TÜV SÜD told Quadrant Smart: “Our guideline enables OEMs, plant operators, and insurers to use a standard transparent framework”

The certification covers a complete power plant with the relevant subsystems.

The “H2-Ready” certification, however, doesn’t certify existing power plants. But, it provides a roadmap that describes how plants can be converted over time to co-fire hydrogen or even burn pure hydrogen.

Siemens Energy is currently involved in the construction of several power plants that are designed to be partially or fully hydrogen-fired

Karim Amin, Executive Vice President Generation at Siemens Energy told Quadrant Smart: “Hydrogen is an important building block for decarbonising the energy supply.

An independent certificate creates certainty for investments. We’re proud to be the first manufacturer to receive this important certification.

“If we design CCPPs today for future operation with hydrogen, they don’t just serve as a bridging technology to a CO2-free future, they’ll also make an important contribution to a reliable and affordable power supply in the long term.”

To meet ambitious climate goals, it won’t just be combined cycle power plants that are modified as hydrogen power plants.

The certification offered by TÜV SÜD can be applied to a wide range of solutions. Siemens Energy already offers hybrid solutions with hydrogen generation, storage, and re-electrification.