Air Products and Baker Hughes to collaborate on global hydrogen projects

Source: press release, 9 June 2021

Baker Hughes Executive Vice President, Turbomachinery & Process Solutions, Rod Christie
Baker Hughes Executive Vice President, Turbomachinery & Process Solutions, Rod Christie (photo: Baker Hughes)

Air Products, a global leader in industrial gases and megaproject development, and Baker Hughes, a world leader in advanced hydrogen compression and gas turbine technology, have announced a strategic global collaboration to develop next generation hydrogen compression to lower the cost of production and accelerate the adoption of hydrogen as a zero-carbon fuel.

As part of the collaboration, Baker Hughes will provide Air Products with advanced hydrogen compression and gas turbine technology for global projects, including NovaLT16 turbines for Air Products’ net-zero hydrogen energy complex in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and advanced compression technology for the NEOM carbon-free hydrogen project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Air Products chose Baker Hughes for its leading-edge compression and gas turbine offerings and robust hydrogen experience,” says Dr Samir J. Serhan, chief operation officer, Air Products. “This advanced technology is another key step toward achieving economically viable blue and green hydrogen and net-zero targets.”

“Our transformative hydrogen compression and gas turbine technology lowers the overall production cost for new energy frontiers such as hydrogen and is a strategic enabler for key projects,” says Rod Christie, executive vice president of Turbomachinery & Process Solutions at Baker Hughes. “Our proven technology is helping to accelerate the hydrogen economy, and our collaboration with Air Products will be critical for a net-zero future.”

Baker Hughes developed its first hydrogen compressor in 1962 and today has more than 2,000 units operating around the globe. Baker Hughes’ hydrogen portfolio also includes gas turbines that can burn methane gas and hydrogen blends from as little as 5% to as much as 100% hydrogen.

As the world’s largest hydrogen producer, Air Products’ extensive experience in project execution, plant operations and strength in the hydrogen supply chain, combined with Baker Hughes’ seminal technology and experience, will be key to unlocking and accelerating the energy transition.