Proton Energy to supply hydrogen generators for Qatalum power plant
The Qatalum plant is currently under construction and is slated to begin operations in August 2010. According to Proton Energy Systems, high-quality hydrogen gas generated by the Hogen units will provide cooling to four F-Class GE gas turbines and two steam turbines, which have a combined power output of 1,472MW. While older hydrogen generator designs use liquid caustic electrolyte, Hogen generators employ solid polymer electrolyte technology that reportedly extends the life and reliability of the generators, while also reducing the risk of injury to personnel and property damage caused by chemical exposure. In addition to supplying Hogen generators for the Qatalum project, Proton Energy will provide the engineering support needed to install, startup, and operate the hydrogen generation facility and provide the high pressure hydrogen compressors and storage vessels. Rob Friedland, president and CEO of Proton Energy Systems, said: "Proton Energy Systems is honored to partner with Doosan Heavy Industries and Qatalum to bring the latest and most innovative hydrogen technologies to the Qatar region. We understand that our utility partners require hydrogen that is efficient, clean and reliable, and we are proud that our onsite Hogen hydrogen generators exceed this demand to produce the highest quality hydrogen while eliminating the need for delivery from outside sources."