Austrian energy system will rely on rooftop solar to generate green hydrogen

Capstone Green Energy, of which IBT Group is the exclusive partner for the Italian market, has an-nounced an application that further opens the door to a future where energy efficiency and sav-ings (both in economic terms and in terms of CO2 not released into the atmosphere) are the pro-tagonists: the company will supply two hydrogen-powered C65 microturbines to the Austrian company Innovametall Stahl- und Metallbau. Here’s what to know about them!

The hydrogen-powered microturbine system from Innovametall Stahl- und Metallbau

Capstone Green Energy, following the success of its patented oil-free technology, has further con-firmed its position as a global leader in energy efficiency systems by installing two C65 micro-turbines at Austrian company Innovametall Stahl- und Metallbau, which will be used in an ultra-low emission Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system. This will provide on-site power to a powder coating plant in Freistadt and will be designed in a hybrid configuration, where solar panels in-stalled on the roof of Innovametall’s industrial hall will be responsible for generating renewable electricity. Excess electricity will instead be used to generate hydrogen, which will then power the micro-turbines. From there, the hot exhaust air from the turbines will be captured and used in the facility’s powder coating oven. This application is a real innovation, as it represents the first hy-drogen-powered microturbine system in Europe. This will initially operate with 10 per cent hydro-gen mixed with natural gas, but the amount is expected to increase gradually as Capstone ap-proves higher blending levels.

In addition to the microturbine system, which is expected to be operational in October 2021, Inno-vametall has purchased a 10-year full service maintenance plan, which fixes maintenance costs and provides both planned and unplanned repairs. The system belongs to Capstone Green Energy’s new ‘Hydrogen Solutions’ business line: following the commercial release of the hydrogen-based CHP product, which operates safely with a 10% hydrogen – 90% natural gas blend, Capstone is targeting a 30% hydrogen – 70% natural gas commercial release by the end of March 2022. “We are excited to offer a renewable hydrogen-based solution to meet the clean energy goals of to-day’s progressive businesses,” said Darren Jamison, president and CEO of Capstone Green Energy. An effective and reliable solution, as well as fully compliant with the Austrian government’s plans to increasingly integrate hydrogen into its environmental strategy.

Capstone Green Energy, IBT Group’s exclusive partner for Italy

Capstone Green Energy, of which IBT Group is the exclusive distributor for the Italian market, is a Californian company world leader in the technology of energy systems with micro gas turbines: with over 100 registered patents and more than 9,000 installations in over 80 countries, it deals with the development, construction, sales and service of cogeneration based on microturbine technology; in addition to modular solutions, customized solutions are also available according to the individual needs of customers who belong to various environments, from Food & Beverage to hospitals. The most important patent is undoubtedly the “oil-free” technology, of aerospace origin, which refers to the absence of oil inside the turbines, making it possible to obtain cogen-eration plants that guarantee, in addition to primary energy savings of > 30%, very low emissions into the atmosphere (with NOx < 18mg/Nmc and CO < 50 mg/Nmc), low maintenance costs, the possibility of modulating the electrical and thermal energy from 0 to 100% and ease of manage-ment.