Air Products and Baker Hughes to Collaborate on Global Hydrogen Projects

    13 Jun 2021

     Air Products, a global company in industrial gases and megaproject development, and Baker Hughes, a firm that develops advanced hydrogen compression and gas turbine technology, have announced a strategic global collaboration. Their aim is to develop next-generation hydrogen compression to lower the cost of production and accelerate the adoption of hydrogen as a zero-carbon fuel Business Wire reports.

    As part of the collaboration, Baker Hughes will provide Air Products with advanced hydrogen compression and gas turbine technology for global projects, including NovaLT16 turbines for Air Products’ net-zero hydrogen energy complex in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and advanced compression technology for the NEOM carbon-free hydrogen project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    “Air Products chose Baker Hughes for its leading-edge compression and gas turbine offerings and robust hydrogen experience,” said Dr. Samir J. Serhan, chief operation officer, Air Products. “This advanced technology is another key step toward achieving economically viable blue and green hydrogen and net-zero targets.”

    “Our transformative hydrogen compression and gas turbine technology lowers the overall production cost for new energy frontiers such as hydrogen and is a strategic enabler for key projects,” said Rod Christie, executive vice president of Turbomachinery & Process Solutions at Baker Hughes. “Our proven technology is helping to accelerate the hydrogen economy, and our collaboration with Air Products will be critical for a net-zero future.”

    As the world’s largest hydrogen producer, Air Products’ extensive experience in project execution, plant operations, and strength in the hydrogen supply chain, combined with Baker Hughes’ seminal technology and experience, will be key to unlocking and accelerating the energy transition in the Gulf.

    About Air Products

    Air Products is a high-profile industrial gases company in operation for over 80 years. Focused on serving energy, environment, and emerging markets, the Company provides essential industrial gases, related equipment, and applications expertise to customers in dozens of industries, including refining, chemical, metals, electronics, manufacturing, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the global leader in the supply of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company develops, engineers, builds, owns, and operates some of the world’s largest industrial gas projects including gasification projects that sustainably convert abundant natural resources into syngas for the production of high-value power, fuels, and chemicals; carbon capture projects; and world-scale carbon-free hydrogen projects supporting global transportation and the energy transition.

    About Baker Hughes

    Baker Hughes is an energy technology company that provides solutions to energy and industrial customers worldwide. Baker Hughes developed its first hydrogen compressor in 1962 and today has more than 2,000 units operating around the globe. Baker Hughes’ hydrogen portfolio also includes gas turbines that can burn methane gas and hydrogen blends from as little as 5% to as much as 100% hydrogen.

    Baker Hughes to supply advanced hydrogen technology for Saudi Neom project

    Neom project JV partner Air Products appoints Baker Hughes as technology provider for its Saudi and Canadian hydrogen projects, ZAWYA reports.

    Baker Hughes has been selected by Air Products to supply advanced hydrogen compression technology for the Neom carbon-free hydrogen project in Saudi Arabia.

    In July 2020, Saudi companies Neom and ACWA Power signed an agreement with Air Products to set up a $5 billion green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility powered by renewable energy in the kingdom.

    The statement said Baker Hughes’ hydrogen portfolio also includes gas turbines that can burn methane gas and hydrogen blends from as little as 5 percent to as much as 100 percent hydrogen.

    A Zawya report on Wednesday, citing a joint study by Dii Desert Energy, Roland Berger, and Masdar, said investments in green hydrogen by Gulf countries could pave the way for long-term renewable energy deployment of up to 1,000 gigawatts (GW), with up to 500 GW electrolyzer capacity, leading to the production of approximately 100 million metric tonnes of green hydrogen by 2050.

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