Rolls Royce Tests Engines With Hydrogen - Diversified Communications

Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  January 18, 2023

Rolls Royce Tests Engines With Hydrogen

Rolls-Royce announced that it has conducted successful tests of a 12-cylinder gas variant of the mtu Series 4000 L64 engine running on 100% hydrogen fuel. 

The tests, which mark another step toward the commercial introduction of hydrogen solutions, were carried out by the Power Systems business unit. According to the company, results showed very good characteristics regarding efficiency, performance, emissions and combustion. 

“This engine will serve the market demand for hydrogen solutions in the energy transition and will be available to our customers as a reliable and clean power source for gensets and combined heat and power plants,” Tobias Ostermaier, President – Stationary Power Solutions, Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems, said in a statement

The first installation of mtu engines running on 100% hydrogen is already planned for the enerPort II lighthouse project in the German inland port of Duisburg, as part of the development of a climate-neutral energy supply for a new container terminal.

For several months, the mtu gas engine has been undergoing bench testing and continuous improvement in terms of efficiency, performance, emissions and combustion using 100%  hydrogen as fuel. With green hydrogen, these mtu engines can be operated in a CO2-neutral manner in the future.

In the future, most of the electricity required by the port itself will be generated directly on site from hydrogen in a CO2-neutral manner. This will be achieved by two combined heat and power plants with mtu Series 4000 hydrogen engines (with a total installed capacity of 2MW) as well as three mtu fuel cell systems (with a total installed capacity 1.5MW).





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