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H2 purity

Sunday, April 23, 2017   By: John [1794] 2 Stars
Will a generator trip due to low hydrogen purity or low hydrogen pressure?

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017   By: Murphy [21] 4 Stars
Well the clean answer is no there is no generator interlock or trip on any H2 or hydrogen unusual condition for hydrogen like low hydrogen purity or low hydrogen pressure. Some times they can be alarmed but the small the less likely. Although nothing would surprise me for some where out there there may be a generator with a interlock.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017   By: Ross Burns [390] 5 Stars
As another point, hydrogen purity alarms are not in general found on 100MW or less for hydrogen cooled ac generators. They should be a display in the control room.

Low purity of hydrogen in the ac generator is a matter of windage losses and of course lower efficiency or poor money savings. At about 98 percent is when this problems starts, so purity at 99 percent is best. Of course when the hydrogen purity decreases below 74 percent then conditions for a hydrogen explosion will occur should an ignition source expose itself.

There is a leakage rate for hydrogen and the acceptable rate of leakage is best referred to the manufacturer of the as generator. For large ac generators you can expect a leakage rate of hydrogen at no greater than about 500 cubic feet per day.


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Thursday, May 04, 2017   By: Jim Watts [764] 5 Stars
Hydrogen purity alarms are required on hydrogen cooled generators of any size, however it is true generators less than 100 MW will rarely be hydrogen cooled.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017   By: Ross [390] 5 Stars
Thanks for catching that, what I thinking but did not write down was they were much older machines from as far back as the 1950s of less than 100MW above 30MW as I recall that were hydrogen cooled and would be alarmed locally in a free standing cabinet on the turbine generator deck or near the bottles of hydrogen under the generator but not always in control room, but I cant validate that 100% now. They were GE as I remember. It has been a long time since seeing those ac generators. Most of my AC Generator were not hydrogen cooled as you said.

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