Caterpillar Inc. has announced that it will begin offering Cat generator sets capable of operating on 100% hydrogen, including fully renewable green hydrogen, on a designed-to-order basis in the fourth quarter of 2021. The company also said that later this year, it will launch commercially available power generation solutions from 400 kW to 4.5 MW that can be configured to operate on natural gas blended with up to 25% hydrogen.
These market-focused innovations leverage power generation projects currently operating on natural gas blended with up to 80% hydrogen to help address customers’ carbon-reduction goals with high-performing, cost-effective technologies that demonstrate the near-term viability of hydrogen as a fuel source. Building on 35 years of experience across multiple end markets, Caterpillar continues to improve the performance of hydrogen-fueled power technologies with minimal impacts on maintenance costs and schedules, availability, and operations.
“The power solutions landscape is transforming as customers look to maximize the environmental and economic benefits of reducing their carbon intensities,” said Bart Myers, general manager for Caterpillar Large Electric Power. “We’re extending our leadership through numerous initiatives that demonstrate the viability of power solutions that can utilize many types of hydrogen, including fully renewable, in order to shorten the path to commercial availability.”
Hydrogen-capable electric power offerings
In the fourth quarter, Caterpillar said it will begin offering the Cat G3516H gas generator set specifically configured to use 100% hydrogen fuel. Initially available as demonstrator units in North America and Europe with initial deliveries in late 2022, the Cat G3516H generator set will be offered with a rating of 1250 kW for 50 or 60 Hz continuous, prime, and load management applications.
Later this year, Caterpillar will also begin a staged roll-out of commercially available Cat CG132B, CG170B, G3500H, G3500 with Fast Response, and CG260 gas generator sets configured to enable operation on natural gas blends with up to 25% hydrogen for continuous, prime and load management applications in North America and Europe. Additionally, the company will offer retrofit kits that provide hydrogen blending capabilities up to 25% hydrogen for select generator sets built on these engine platforms.
Production of new natural gas generator sets and retrofit kits capable of 25% hydrogen will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Plans for operating on 100% hydrogen include developing a range of commercially available products and upgrades for existing Cat gas generators. Caterpillar said the development and launch of these solutions address potential customer demand growth as the hydrogen supply infrastructure matures and demonstrate the company’s comprehensive, wide-ranging commitment to helping customers meet their climate-related objectives.
Caterpillar also noted that its ‘Solar Turbines’ gas turbines have run on high hydrogen blends for decades and are capable of operating on 100% hydrogen today. Solar has a large installed base of high hydrogen blend gas turbines, the company said.
By Mike Brezonick on September 1st 2021, for Dieselprogress.com
Edited by Ruurd Visser on September 2nd 2021, for LinkFiesta.com
The CAT original Press Release
Caterpillar to Expand Hydrogen-Powered Solutions to Customers
September 1, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEERFIELD, IL – Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced it will begin offering Cat® generator sets capable of operating on 100% hydrogen, including fully renewable green hydrogen, on a designed-to-order basis in late 2021. More immediately, the company will launch commercially available power generation solutions that can be configured to operate on natural gas blended with up to 25% hydrogen.
These market-focused innovations build upon Caterpillar’s hydrogen solutions portfolio, including Solar® Turbines’ gas turbine generator sets, which have run on high hydrogen blends for decades and are capable of operating on 100% hydrogen today. The ability to work with hydrogen fuel helps address customers’ carbon-reduction goals with high-performing, cost-effective technologies.
“At Caterpillar, we are working alongside our customers to understand their needs, and they are looking for reliable power sources that support their climate-related goals,” said Joe Creed, Caterpillar group president of Energy & Transportation. “Our continued investment in new products, technologies and services is one way we’re supporting them with the quality solutions they’ve come to count on from Caterpillar.”
With the reciprocating engine capabilities of up to 100% hydrogen, Caterpillar is expanding on its legacy in gas engines and Solar® gas turbines with more than 35 years of experience with high-hydrogen fuel. Caterpillar continues to make investments aimed at improving the capability of hydrogen-powered solutions and replicating them across engine platforms as this fuel will likely play a role in customers’ plans for a reduced-carbon future.
With 2020 sales and revenues of $41.7 billion, Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Since 1925, we’ve been driving sustainable progress and helping customers build a better world through innovative products and services. Throughout the product life cycle, we offer services built on cutting-edge technology and decades of product expertise. These products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value to help our customers succeed. We do business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries, and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment. Visit us at caterpillar.com or join the conversation on our social media channels at caterpillar.com/social-media.
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