Mitsubishi Power to Establish Hydrogen Power Demonstration Facility “Takasago Hydrogen Park” at Takasago Machinery Works


In-house Structure for Systematic Validation of Hydrogen Value Chain from Production to Power Generation

  • • Hydrogen production and storage equipment to be added to existing validation facility to support commercialization of hydrogen gas turbines by 2025.
  • • Product reliability to be enhanced through steady demonstration testing at in-house facilities, with validation using large frame JAC class turbines and small to mid-sized H-25 class turbines.
  • • Gas turbine emissions to be reduced to zero carbon while maintaining low NOx levels.

Takasago Hydrogen Park

Takasago Hydrogen Park (Credit: Mitsubishi Power)

Tokyo (February 22, 2022) - Mitsubishi Power, a power solutions brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), will establish a Takasago Hydrogen Park, the world’s first center for validation of hydrogen-related technologies, from hydrogen production to power generation. The center will be co-located at the gas turbine development and manufacturing facility of MHI’s Takasago Machinery Works in Hyogo Prefecture, to support the commercialization of hydrogen gas turbines using hydrogen as fuel. The Takasago Hydrogen Park will be successively expanded and developed going forward. Mitsubishi Power has already announced its 30% hydrogen co-firing for large frame gas turbines and will use Takasago Hydrogen Park to commercialize small and large frame gas turbines on a path to 100% hydrogen firing starting in 2025.

Takasago Hydrogen Park will be located adjacent to the T-Point 2 combined cycle power plant validation facility. Mitsubishi Power is beginning to test and demonstrate operations of technologies including hydrogen production and storage and hydrogen fueling of gas turbines, aiming to commence operations in fiscal year 2023. The hydrogen production facility utilizes a water electrolysis system, and Mitsubishi Power plans to conduct successive testing and verification of other next-generation hydrogen production technologies such as turquoise-hydrogen production by pyrolysis of methane into hydrogen and solid carbon, etc.

An integrated system for all aspects of hydrogen-related technologies, from development to demonstration and verification, will be established at the Takasago Machinery Works. For the combustion chamber, the key component of hydrogen gas turbines, Mitsubishi Power will create a work-flow that includes development at the development center (Research and Innovation Center), design, production of an actual machine at the manufacturing plant, and validation testing at the demonstration facility. Mitsubishi Power’s gas turbine development process encompasses verification testing of all elements at the basic design stage, the incorporation of those results in the detailed design, and finally validation using an actual machine. Completing this development cycle within the same plant will allow for quicker and more certain product development and commercialization.

The T-Point 2 facility conducts long-term reliability validation of newly developed technologies, including verification of the next-generation JAC (J-series Air-Cooled) large frame gas turbines, high-efficiency systems that have achieved the world’s first turbine inlet temperature of 1,650°C, conducting operations equivalent to an actual power station while connected to the local power grid. This unique facility, unlike any other anywhere in the world, began long-term verification testing on July 1, 2020, as a leading-edge, 566-megawatt (MW) class gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power generation facility.

To support the commercialization of hydrogen gas turbines by 2025, verification of large gas turbines is being conducted at the T-Point 2 facility for power generation using a JAC class turbine initially starting at 30% hydrogen co-firing and increasing hydrogen co-firing over time. Testing for 100% hydrogen firing of small- and mid-sized turbines will be conducted using a H-25 class gas turbine.

As part of the Energy Transition strategy, MHI group is building a value chain for hydrogen, from production to use, through the further integration and advancement of the existing energy structure and hydrogen-related technologies. By further developing this approach and linking it to many different types of industries centered on hydrogen, MHI aims to establish a “hydrogen ecosystem” that will form the basis of a sustainable society, and accelerate its commercialization through verification at Takasago Hydrogen Park.

Takasago Hydrogen Park System Flow Chart

System Flowchart (Credit: Mitsubishi Power)

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About Mitsubishi Power
Mitsubishi Power is a power solutions brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI). Across more than 30 countries worldwide, Mitsubishi Power designs, manufactures and maintains equipment and systems that drive decarbonization and ensure delivery of reliable power around the world. Among its solutions are a wide range of gas turbines including hydrogen-fueled gas turbines, solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), and air quality control systems (AQCS). Committed to providing exemplary service and working with customers to imagine the future of energy, Mitsubishi Power is also spearheading the development of the digital power plant through its suite of AI-enabled TOMONITM solutions.
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