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July 13, 2010

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

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

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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.

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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.

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