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Loughborough University is collaborating with clean energy pioneer Bladon to investigate and create a hydrogen-fueled version of the company’s micro turbine generator, increasing hydrogen combustion for micro gas turbines dramatically.

Micro turbine generator sets (MTGs) from Bladon provide clean, reliable power to telecom installations and other demanding applications globally. The gensets are fuel-flexible and may currently operate on diesel, kerosene and paraffin, low-carbon Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), or a combination of these. They are self-contained, requiring only one maintenance visit each year regardless of run hours or load.

The company’s most recent advances, allowed by the modular engineering design of the generator, comprise a spectrum of gaseous products that will eventually lead to the usage of hydrogen as a fuel, providing zero-carbon energy to its operators.

Baldon will collaborate with Loughborough University’s internationally renowned National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology (NCCAT). The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK (IUK), Rolls-Royce, and the University collaborate to fund NCCAT.

“NCCAT is designed to help the UK meet the net zero carbon challenge across several key areas in the UK,” explains Emma Callaghan, the NCCAT Business Manager. “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.”

Bladon’s Chief Commercial Officer, Yvette Henshall-Bell, added: “Our micro turbine generators are clean now and they’re going to be zero carbon.

“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.”

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