Thursday, February 16, 2023
11:50 – 12:20 HG F 30 | Audi Max
Keynote 12: Enabling gas turbines to operate on hydrogen fuel in a future market. An overview how to match today’s customer demands
As Director of Gas Turbine Engineering Albert Kammerer is leading the execution of gas turbine equipment packages in Ansaldo Energia. In this role he is responsible for project specific engineering of gas turbines during the bidding phase, project execution as well as site activities. His responsibility extends to the validation of gas turbines and its components at sites with dedicated instrumentation and data acquisition systems. Albert leads a team from two main execution centers in Genoa (Italy) and Baden (Switzerland). He is member of the Management Team and BoD member of Ansaldo Energia Switzerland.
Albert joined Alstom Power in 2009 where he started as technical assistant to the Chief Engineer for the Gas Turbine Business. He then moved on to a Project Management role in the development of the GT26 F-Class as well as the GT36 H-Class engines during which time the engines have been fully developed, tested and commercialized. He joined Ansaldo Energia in 2016 refocusing on the execution of gas turbines as Head of Engineering.
Albert has graduated as mechanical engineer from the Technical University of Braunschweig in 2003 complimented by an MSc from Cranfield University. During this period he finalized his Master’s Thesis at Rolls-Royce Plc. (Derby, England) on turbine flow modelling in aeroengines. In 2009 Albert received his Doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) on the subject of blade forced vibration, a project accomplished with industrial partners MAN Turbo and Accelleron (former ABB Turbo Systems).
Gas turbines are expected to operate on hydrogen in a foreseeable future market. Within the European market the consensus is that any new gas fired plant must be “H2 Ready”. Operators for gas fired power plants are preparing for this scenario either through conversion of existing plants or by acquiring gas powered plants with equipment declared as “H2 Ready”. The main challenge herein is the lack of a truly committed timeline for the availability of hydrogen in quantities so high as consumed by a heavy-duty gas turbine. This keynote addresses this challenge and how power plant assets are customized for gradual upgrades on their H2 capability during a typical life span of 30 years.