Hydrogen-powered CHP plant for Serbia

By Jack Burke10 May 2023

INNIO to supply hydrogen-ready engine for 1MW facility

A 1 MWe combined heat and power plant (CHP) will run on a Jenbacher engine fed by hydrogen produced 100% from solar photovoltaics.

PAN-LEDI d.o.o. (PAN-LEDI) has selected a Jenbacher J420 engine for the project in Nova Pazova, Serbia. The contract calls for the delivery of a containerized CHP unit that will generate about 1 MWe. The electricity will be used by PAN-LEDI for their electric vehicle (EV) charging station, with excess energy injected into the grid and the engine waste heat sold to a nearby commercial customer. The CHP unit consists of a Jenbacher container and a complete heat recovery system. The Jenbacher CHP plant is expected to be delivered and commissioned in Q4 2023.

The Jenbacher CHP plant will be fueled with hydrogen produced by an electrolyzer which is powered by a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant near Cuprija. The electrolyzer is used to produce green hydrogen for interim storage before the hydrogen is transported from Cuprija to Nova Pazova. Most of the hydrogen will be produced during the summer when the output produced by solar plants is high. In times of low hydrogen supply, the CHP plant will run

INNIO to power Serbia’s first hydrogen-fueled CHP plant, delivering green electricity for EV charging. (Image:INNIO)

on natural gas, to ensure the continuous provision of energy. The Jenbacher team will work with its distributor, STI d.o.o., to implement, install and service the hydrogen CHP unit.

“Our H2-engines provide the flexibility and sustainability to meet PAN-LEDI’s pioneering requirements. INNIO’s technology will deliver carbon-free electricity when hydrogen is available, while maintaining continuity of power generation when hydrogen is scarce,” said Dr. Olaf Berlien, president and CEO of INNIO.

“Using hydrogen or natural gas to operate our combined heat and power plant is critical for our EV charging station strategy,” said Slobodan Vujovic, CEO PAN-LEDI d.o.o. “INNIO’s Jenbacher CHP solution will provide our operation the flexibility required for a sustainable EV mobility and use hydrogen at high CHP utilization rates.

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