Enel Opens World’s First Industrial-Scale Hydrogen Power Plant

13 July 2010 (Last Updated July 13th, 2010 18:30)

Enel has unveiled the world's first industrial-scale hydrogen-fuelled combined-cycle power plant at Venice, Italy. The plant will generate electricity and heat with an output of 12MW. The unit uses heat from the emissions it creates when producing high-temperature steam to gen

Enel has unveiled the world's first industrial-scale hydrogen-fuelled combined-cycle power plant at Venice, Italy.

The plant will generate electricity and heat with an output of 12MW.

The unit uses heat from the emissions it creates when producing high-temperature steam to generate an additional 4MW of power using a nearby coal-fired plant.

The plant uses 1.3mt of hydrogen per hour and has an overall efficiency of about 42%.

It can generate about 60 million kWh a year in electricity and will feed into 20,000 households and eliminate more than 17,000mt of CO2 emissions a year.

The €50m plant sits beside the petrochemical facility of Porto Marghera in Venice, and from here it will receive byproduct hydrogen for its operation.

The experimental plant is one of the projects of Hydrogen Park, a consortium formed in 2003, which seeks to promote the development and application of hydrogen technologies in transportation and power generation in the Porto Marghera area.