Capstone progresses with microturbine hydrogen testing

Clean gas turbine manufacturer Capstone Turbine has collaborated with the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to develop a hydrogen operable microturbine product.

Based in California, the company tested the product at Argonne which showed that a blend of up to 70% hydrogen to natural gas can be successfully operated in an off-the-shelf Capstone microturbine, before the addition of specialised hardware or software.

“The initial goal of the testing is to establish the capabilities of our current off-the-shelf production systems,” said Don Ayers, Capstone Turbine’s Senior Director for Engineering and Quality.

“There is a broad global initiative to decarbonise electricity generation through renewable natural gas by blending natural gas and hydrogen in existing pipelines.”

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