October 5, 2022 – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced the results of the Green Hydrogen Demonstration Project that showed decreased carbon emissions when using hydrogen blended with natural gas to generate power at their 45-MW Brentwood Small Clean Power Plant on Long Island. Sargent & Lundy assisted NYPA and EPRI on this project with engineering oversight and safety reviews.
The first-of-its-kind demonstration project was led by NYPA in collaboration with EPRI, GE, Airgas (an Air Liquide company), and Fresh Meadow Power. It aligned with NYPA’s strategic plan to decarbonize its natural gas plants, test and demonstrate the feasibility of using new low-to-zero carbon technologies to help achieve zero-carbon emissions by 2035, and support New York’s Climate Act goal to have a 100% zero-emission electricity sector by 2040.
- New York is the first state in the U.S. to implement this type of project where hydrogen was tested as a fuel blend for use in electricity generation. Hydrogen is already being used by NPYA and other power companies for equipment cooling.
- The project found that carbon emissions decreased as the amount of hydrogen (5% to 44% by volume) increased in the fuel blend with natural gas.
- The power plant was fully operational while safely using the hydrogen blend.