Clean power pioneer Bladon Micro Turbine will research and develop a hydrogen fuelled version of its micro turbine generator in partnership with Loughborough University. This will significantly advance hydrogen combustion for micro gas turbines and enable Bladon’s modular, upgradable power generator to operate using 100% hydrogen fuel with ultra-low emissions and zero CO2.
Loughborough University has developed its world-leading National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology (NCCAT), funded through a partnership comprising the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK (IUK), Rolls-Royce and Loughborough University. This will combine Bladon’s expertise in micro-combustor design with Loughborough University’s outstanding capability, expertise and facilities.
Bladon’s micro turbine gensets (MTGs) deliver clean, reliable power to telecoms sites and other challenging applications worldwide. The gensets are fuel flexible, currently capable of operating on diesel, kerosene and paraffin, or even a mix of these fuels, without any reconfiguration. The MTGs support the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), offering a reduced CO2 option for customers in many markets and they deliver independent operation, with just one maintenance visit required each year regardless of run hours or load.
The company’s latest developments, enabled by the generator’s modular engineering design, include a range of gaseous products, that will lead to the use of hydrogen as a fuel, offering zero carbon power for its operators. The current Bladon MTG already offers far lower than EU Stage V off-highway emission limits, with a 99.9% efficient combustion process. The gensets can also be employed in cooperation with a range of renewable energy solutions.
“NCCAT is designed to help the UK meet the net zero carbon challenge across several key areas in the UK. We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Bladon Jets to realise their commercial goal of producing a micro turbine hydrogen demonstrator in 2022” – Emma Callaghan, Business Manager, NCCAT.
“Our micro turbine generators are clean now and they’re going to be zero carbon” said Bladon’s Chief Commercial Officer Yvette Henshall-Bell. “The micro turbine generator is already a truly innovative game-changer and through our work with Loughborough University we will have a hydrogen demonstrator to show our customers later in 2022.”