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First Hydrogen Power Plant in Italy

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August 21st, 2009 - View Comments

Hydrogen Power Plant Italy has come up with world’s first hydrogen power plant. This power plant is situated in Fusina, near Venice in the Veneto region of Italy. Enel is constructing this power plant producing no undesirable greenhouse gases. It is Italy’s largest power company with a track record of fifty million power and gas customers. Enel is procuring hydrogen from an accompanying production from Polimeri Europa’s petrochemical plant. This hydrogen will be brought to the establishment by especially built pipelines. Polimeri produces a wide range of petrochemical products, and its ethylene-cracking process will be responsible for the hydrogen feedstock. This hydrogen power plant will be operational in 2010. It will provide power to 20,000 households.

This hydrogen power plant is an off shoot of the Environment and Innovation Project known as Hydrogen Park. 7.4 billion euros will be assigned for the whole project by 2012. Another 40 million euro plant will be established on the line of Enel’s existing coal-fired power station in Fusina. It will have an investment of 4 million euros from the local Veneto region. According to Enel this power plant will save the emission of more than 17,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. This power plant has a capacity of 12 megawatt and burns hydrogen gas in a turbine developed in partnership with General Electric.

We know that the only byproducts of the hydrogen fuel burning process are hot air and water vapor. These two are used to produce steam. This steam can be utilized by a coal-fired plant to produce another potential four megawatts of energy.

Invensys Process Systems (IPS) will look after the safety of the plant. It will also be providing the distributed control system for the hydrogen plant. The Tricon emergency shutdown system will look after the protection for heat recovery steam generator and electrical systems and shutdown command to the gas turbine system.

What do you think?

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  • Francisco A Roque

    I wonder if any of the USA power plants will try to do the same here at home. Although they are still very much inclined to waste gas and oil, and that we all know is very bad for the environment, I feel they could try doing this one town at a time.


  • neil mantena

    It could be a game-changer if Hydrogen production is commercially competitive and if the power-generation cost is comparable to coal-based, natural gas based, and wind-based Power plants that have been in operation.

    Could anyone enlighten the green power community how viable is the extraction of Hydrogen from Ehylene and the overall costs of such a power plant as compared to the conventional power plants and the safety issue?

  • Vilas Khadse

    Dear Neil,Please understand that hydrogen is a byproduct of their main process i.e. ethylene cracking.The company is utilizing the byproduct for generation of 12+4= 16 MW of power. It is first of its kind in the world. All of us should congratulate the company for reducing/offsetting its carbon emissions in such a groundbreaking way.

  • JP

    Yes, congratulations for a good solution. It’s not the 1st in the world though, I know 2 plants been running in Finland for some years already. Like here, hydrogen coming as a by-product from a chemical process.

  • Daniel

    Great vision and concept ! :)

  • Zach

    Sweet lets build more. Use these to reinvest in America!

  • ksviswanathan

    It is nice to know that a byproduct is being used for producing power. The purity of hydrogen is not known. If hydrogen is of high purity a number of value added products can be made instead of power.

  • Kanwaljit Singh

    Its amazing to know about hydrogen Power Plant in Italy. I think a Prototype should be thought of and made available to the World.This could be a path breaking revolution in Energy Stream and I am sure this could be Generation Next when we talk of diminishing Energies today.

  • michael

    Everyone should read this:

    Using Hydrogen in a gas turbine is great! but you still get NOx emissions that need to be handled properly.

  • Jeroen

    Normally, the hydrogen-rich gas (tail gas) is burned in the ethylene plant in the furnaces (the producing of ethylene requires a lot of energy). Now that they export the hydrogen, they will have to burn something else in the furnaces, probably just natural gas. So the CO2 comes out of a different pipe but the environmental advantage is zero. Another example of how to subsidize the wrong thing.

  • grace

    this sounds like a great idea!
    i think that hydrogen or solar energy should run everything. because if we are using coal to make the hydrogen then its just pointless.
    i think cars will be the next thing to change…

  • Womble

    The nuclear accident in Japan highlights the need for:

    A) decommissioning of older nuclear power plants worldwide and construction of new plants with much better designed and therefore safer cooling systems, and

    B) developing less dangerous but efficient sources of energy, i.e. Hydrogen power, hopefully utilizing it also in cars.

    I can’t help feeling that such developments are being stifled by the car industry and all those countries which profit from existing fuel supplies like oil and gas, coal, nuclear fuel materials and bio fuel, the latter one depriving large numbers of people in the third world from food supplies. Just imagine what would happen to some of the Arab countries if they couldn’t flog their oil any longer. Back on their camels?

  • Mircea Pop

    “Another unexpected discovery was the large quantity of hydrogen gas, with the mud flowing out of the hole described as “boiling” with hydrogen.”

    now it takes 60 days to do a 12 km borehole.

    “The Odoptu OP-11 well reached a measured total depth of 12,345 m (40,502 ft) and a horizontal displacement of 11,475 m (37,648 ft). Exxon Neftegas completed the well in 60 days.”

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