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Coal Generation to Hydrogen Generation: A New Trend?

By John Ham, PE, Manager Substation Engineering

In 2015, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) announced plans to replace an existing coal-fi red boiler (Unit 2) at its Sheldon Station plant in Hallam, Nebraska, with a boiler that uses  cleanburning hydrogen fuel.

Hydrogen has been burned to create electricity on a small scale in the past, such as in refi neries, but not anything approaching the magnitude of the NPPD project. The Sheldon Station power plant has been running on coal since the 1960s, and, for the time being, NPPD plans to continue to have Unit 1 run on coal.

 

Coal to Hydrogen Generation   

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