Many experts believe burning hydrogen with natural gas can reduce carbon emissions without negatively impacting operational efficiency and performance. Hydrogen co-firing in a gas turbine ought to lower the carbon footprint of existing thermal power generation or co-generation plants by injecting hydrogen into the existing natural gas grid. At the moment, however, the scientific data on the co-combustion of hydrogen and natural gas in gas turbines in an industrial environment is sparse.

To fill in the knowledge gaps, a team of researchers co-fired hydrogen and conventional natural gas in an ENGIE-owned Siemens SGT-600 (Alstom legacy GT10B) 24-MW industrial gas turbine in Antwerp. Their results were revealed in the paper, “Demonstration of Natural Gas and Hydrogen Cocombustion in an Industrial Gas Turbine,” published in the April 2023 Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power.