Working in partnership with Altrad Babcock, 2G installed the UK’s first 100 percent hydrogen CHP solution at Kirkwall Airport in the Orkney Islands. Once fully commissioned, the CHP system will be integrated with the airport’s existing heating system to meet some of the heating and power requirements of the main airport building.
Funded by the Scottish Government, the CHP installation at Kirkwall Airport is part of a series of initiatives led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in collaboration with Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) to decarbonise the airport. A study undertaken by EMEC found that space and water heating demand in the airport terminal represented the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions after aircraft operations.
The UK Government is committed to developing the low carbon hydrogen economy and has identified up to 20 GW of potential hydrogen projects through to 2037. Even though there are already 2G CHPs operating on 100 percent hydrogen worldwide, there is no need to go entirely 100 percent hydrogen straight away. 2G’s standard engines can run on blends of gases, including hydrogen at up to 40 percent, before a simple engine retrofit is required to accommodate a higher percentage of hydrogen. Hydrogen-enabled CHP systems can use a blend of input gases and enable a gradual entry into the hydrogen economy – the sudden decommissioning or start-up of large infrastructure projects is not necessary – and these systems can reduce operational costs and carbon emissions.
“Hydrogen is set to play a vital role as the UK looks for long-term ways to meet its carbon reduction targets” said Mark Holtmann, Managing Director of 2G. “Hydrogen’s importance has become increasingly clear over the past few months of energy supply upheaval and the impact of war in Ukraine. With our innovative 100% green hydrogen CHP system installed at Kirkwall Airport on the Orkney Islands, we wanted to bring this technology on the road to reach as many people as possible. We are committed to promoting hydrogen to achieve a net zero world and we want to demonstrate how CHPs can be integrated into a wide variety of industries and applications such as hospitals, schools, hotels and leisure facilities to provide energy reliability and resilience.”
Since 2012, 2G has successfully installed over 8000 CHP plants in 55 countries. 2G was presented with the COGEN Europe Technology & Innovation Award for the Kirkwall Airport project.
2G’s ‘Road to Net Zero Tour’ is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action as part of the Renewable Energy Solutions Programme of the German Energy Solutions Initiative.
The tour will be stopping at the following locations across the UK:
10-11th May, All-Energy 2023, Glasgow
17th May, Centrica, Windsor
18th May, Bohr Ltd, Stone
19th May, Stepan, Manchester
22nd May, WB Power Services Ltd, Ilkeston
24th May, UK Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association Annual Conference, London
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