Cooper to speak at COMPRESSORtech2 Hydrogen Summit

By Keefe Borden17 January 2023

Hans Mathews

Cooper Machinery Services has joined a growing lineup of speakers at COMPRESSORtech2’s inaugural hydrogen summit in April.

The first COMPRESSORtech2 Hydrogen Summit will occur April 25 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Houston, Texas. Cooper will bring two speakers to the event: Jordan Smith and Hans Mathews.

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline and Cooper Machinery Services have worked together to field test a large bore slow-speed integral engine running on a 30% hydrogen (H2) fuel blend.

In late 2021, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to launch a joint hydrogen research project aimed at converting Southern Star’s fleet of gas fired reciprocating integral engines to combination gas-hydrogen fired units. The two companies modified a large bore Cooper-Bessemer GMVH-12 at Southern Star’s Hugoton, Kansas compressor station to run on a blend of hydrogen and natural gas.

The engine was equipped with Cooper’s HyperBalance IV system to monitor pressures, collect data, and ensure equipment safety during the test. This month, the unit ran in the field for the first time with the hydrogen fuel blend.

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith is a 20-year compression veteran who began his career as a student working at Colorado State University’s (CSU) Engines & Energy Conversion Lab. After graduating from CSU as a mechanical engineer, Jordan joined Cameron Inc. where he specialized in the design of emissions reduction technologies for large power generation and gas compression engines. Since Cameron, he has held engineering and sales management roles in the industry and received his P.E. certification in Colorado.

Hans Mathews joined the gas pipeline and compression industry in 1991 with Tenneco where he spent 9 years in engineering, maintenance analysis, and leadership roles before joining Hoerbiger in 2000 where he became a senior vice president and general manager for their Engineering Services (HES) team. HES was acquired by Cooper in 2020, and Hans joined us after the transition. Hans is a United States Air Force Veteran and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

The details of other speakers and registration for the conference can be found here.

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