U.S. LNG equipment maker Air Products and energy technology company Baker Hughes have entered into a strategic global collaboration on hydrogen projects.
The companies plan to develop next-generation hydrogen compression to lower the cost of production and accelerate the adoption of hydrogen as a zero-carbon fuel.
Baker Hughes will provide Air Products with advanced hydrogen compression and gas turbine technology for global projects.
This includes NovaLT16 turbines for Air Products’ net-zero hydrogen energy complex in Edmonton, Canada, and advanced compression technology for the NEOM carbon-free hydrogen project in Saudi Arabia.
Baker Hughes, which has developed its first hydrogen compressor in 1962, today has more than 2,000 units operating around the world. Its hydrogen portfolio also includes gas turbines that can burn methane gas and hydrogen blends from as little as 5 per cent to as much as 100 per cent hydrogen.
Air Products considers itself to be the world’s largest hydrogen producer and stresses that its extensive experience in hydrogen supply chain, combined with Baker Hughes’ technology and experience, will have a huge role in accelerating the energy transition.
Samir J. Serhan, chief operation officer of Air Products, sees Baker Hughes’s technologies and expertise as another key step toward achieving economically viable blue and green hydrogen and net-zero targets.
Rod Christie, executive vice president of turbomachinery & process solutions at Baker Hughes, added: “Our proven technology is helping to accelerate the hydrogen economy, and our collaboration with Air Products will be critical for a net-zero future.”