DLR, REWAG and Aurelia Turbines to push forward the use of hydrogen as a fuel
The German Aerospace Center DLR and Regensburger energy and water supply REWAG start pushing forward the use of hydrogen as an energy source with Aurelia Turbines. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the capability to burn hydrogen fuel in a high efficiency gas turbine for distributed generation applications.
Under the MoU, the three will contribute their respective knowledge and resources to adapt Aurelia’s existing small high efficiency gas turbine to operate on hydrogen gas. The goal is to meet the demand for cleaner and more sustainable power generation for the future.
Aurelia’s CEO, Matti Malkamäki, said, ’We have been leading the efficiency development with the A400 turbine on natural gas. Now with this team, we can lead on offering the widest possible range of operational fuels in our gas turbine size range.’
Dr. Peter Kutne, Head of the Gas Turbines Department of the DLR Institute of Combustion Technology, added, ‘We are confident that our extensive research and development into clean combustor techniques for various fuels, can be applied to the A400. It allows low emission power generation across a variety of hydrogen fuel mixes.’
Depart Manager of REWAG’s energy related services, Andreas Kruger, commented, ‘REWAG offers environmentally friendly solutions for self-generation. This project will add to our tailor-made concepts. Being able to offer a hydrogen fuelled option will truly modernize and optimize our customer’s existing power plants.’
The German Aerospace Center DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, digitalisation and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for one of Germany’s largest project management agencies. More information: www.dlr.de
Regensburger energy and water supply REWAG stands for comfortable, reliable and high-quality energy and drinking water supply in and around Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany. More information: www.rewag.de
Aurelia Turbines commercialises the most efficient small gas turbines in the world. To date, Aurelia has developed a new 400 kWe gas turbine, the A400. Aurelia’s technology can be used in many different applications, including commercial and industrial end users who require both electrical power and heat for their processes, as well as those who require steam and/or cooling. Aurelia’s systems can use renewable fuels, as well as non-standard fuels. Aurelia seeks to deliver the core components of its technology to its regional partners who then assemble and sell the complete integrated turbine system as local product in their respective markets. Aurelia was established in 2013 and is located in Lappeenranta, Finland, with offices also in Germany and the UK. More information: www.aureliaturbines.com.