US develops projects at advancing hydrogen as efficient gas for turbine-based electricity generation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced eight university-led projects will receive nearly $6.2 million in federal funding for research and development projects aimed at advancing hydrogen—a clean burning fuel—as a high-performing, efficient gas for turbine-based electricity generation. Increasing the reliability, efficiency, and performance of hydrogen power will reduce carbon emissions and advance the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a 100% clean electricity by 2035.

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Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA) will develop a foundational understanding of key kinetic, flame propagation, and emissions characteristics of high-hydrogen fuels at gas turbine relevant conditions.

University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) researchers will conduct fundamental experimental and numerical investigations that cover previously unexplored H2 containing fuel blends and conditions of interest.

San Diego State University (San Diego, CA) researchers, with partner Solar Turbines Inc., propose a collaborative university/ original equipment manufacturer (OEM) simulation and test program to advance the design of additively manufactured (AM) hydrogen micromix turbine combustors in industrial gas turbines.

Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) researchers will investigate flame structure and dynamics for gas turbine combustion with hydrogen and another hydrogen-based fuel—ammonia—and with mixtures of these fuels with natural gas.

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) researchers propose a joint experimental-computational program to advance high-hydrogen content operation of gas turbines.

University of California, Irvine will partner with Solar Turbines, Inc., and Collins Aerospace to adapt advanced liquid fuel injectors designed by Collins Aerospace for aero engines to accommodate injection of hydrogen/hydrogen natural gas blends.

University of Alabama will partner with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc., and Navy Research Lab to develop a robust methodology to integrate a rotating detonation combustor (RDC) with a gas turbine, and to identify the impact of loss mechanisms on detonation performance in the RDC.

Purdue University and a team of university and industry partners will develop a novel, compact combustor-diffuser-turbine strategy to transition high-speed, unsteady flow from rotating detonation combustors (RDCs) to industrial turbines.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy