HSL has secured a contract worth £2 million with the Energies Technologies Institute (ETI) to
investigate the safe use of hydrogen-based fuels.
The project, which will involve experimental and modelling work,
has been launched by the ETI to advance the safe design and
operation of cycle gas turbines and combined heat & power
systems using hydrogen-based fuels. HSL will lead on the project in
collaboration with Imperial Consultants, the consulting arm of
HSL CEO Eddie Morland commented: "We are delighted to be leading
this crucial research project which will contribute to helping the
UK reach its energy targets. At HSL we have an impressive track
record of enabling new technologies, so the opportunity to work on
such an innovative project is one that we will relish."
The project will use experimental and modelling methods to
investigate the impact of a flameout in a combined cycle gas
turbine and combined heat and power system, which may result in an
explosive mixture of fuel and air being pumped into a hot exhaust
system before the flameout is detected. This in turn could lead to
ETI Chief Executive Dr David Clarke said: "The project will be a
significant step in creating industry confidence in using high
hydrogen fuels and taking the UK towards greater use of what have
to be treated today as 'waste fuels' because of uncertainty in how
to control their combustion. Looking ahead, greater use of
fuels from sources such as waste reprocessing will be an important
part of improving energy costs and energy security for all UK
The ETI is a public private partnership between six global
industrial companies - BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and
Shell - and the UK Government tasked with developing "mass scale"
technologies that will help the UK meet its 2020 and 2050 energy
targets. It is concerned with identifying affordable, sustainable
and secure energy across heat, power, transport and the
infrastructure that links them.
ETI Press Release