Trials running a Bergen gas engine on a blend of green hydrogen and natural gas were recently completed at Viscofan, the international meat products processor, at its Cáseda plant in northern Spain.
It is the first time a Bergen engine has run with hydrogen in a full-scale industrial application. The trial confirmed laboratory tests that the engine performs normally in real-life conditions and that Viscofan can potentially save almost 8,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year from its operations.
In recent years Viscofan has renewed its co-generation installation in Cáseda with the latest Bergen engine technology which capable of running on natural gas and hydrogen in variable percentages.
The objective of the Cáseda trials was to measure efficiency and reliability of the engines in real-time continuous use. Fuel blending was carried out to reach a mixed value of 15% hydrogen and 85% natural gas in an engine of the Bergen type B36:45L6AG producing 5.5MW of output in combined heat and power (CHP) configuration.
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