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Rolls-Royce to jointly develop hydrogen engine for CHP systems

Rolls-Royce and consortium partners will develop the necessary technologies for a highly efficient hydrogen combustion engine designed to drive combined heat and power (CHP) systems.

Under the Performance Hydrogen Engine for Industrial and X (Phoenix) project, Rolls-Royce, along with five companies and research institutes, aim to generate the same power density and efficiency as currently available through natural gas CHP units in the higher power range of up to 2.5MW.

Rolls-Royce has already developed a gas-powered combustion mtu engine which can use hydrogen as a fuel, although the Phoenix project will develop the technology for a more efficient hydrogen engine.

H2 View understands that the project will run for three years, before a technology concept is developed that is sufficiently mature for use in a complete prototype engine.

Phoenix is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection with around €5m ($5.3m).

Rolls-Royce will act as the consortium coordinator and will be joined by the institute for sustainable propulsion systems at the Technical University of Munich; MAHLE Konzern; Fuchs Lubricants Germany; Robert Bosch; and the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM).

Everything from the injection system, the piston group, the ignition system and new lubricant will be developed by the project partners.

Rolls-Royce CEO, Dr Jörg Stratmann, claimed, “We are convinced that combustion engines will remain an essential part of the provision of a reliable energy supply during the energy transition.”

Tobias Ostermaier, President of Stationary Power Solutions within Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems division, added, “As soon as the availability of green hydrogen is ensured on a large scale, the technology of highly efficient hydrogen cogeneration plants promoted in the Phoenix project will be ready for use.”

Last year, Rolls-Royce revealed plans to produce hydrogen from its German headquarters, whilst also test its mtu hydrogen engine and fuel cell systems.

Read more:Rolls-Royce reveals green hydrogen production and fuel cell plans

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