While the hydrogen internal combustion engine cogeneration systems will provide valuable real-world experience, 2G is also conducting research into next-generation hydrogen internal combustion engines, including additional advanced features to enhance power and fuel economy even further. “We have only scratched the surface in terms of what can be achieved with hydrogen internal combustion engine technology and are serious about maintaining our leading edge in this field,” said Michael Turwitt, President & CEO of 2G CENERGY. “Hydrogen is a potentially emissions-free alternative fuel that can be produced from diverse domestic energy sources. This fuel is high in energy, yet an engine that burns hydrogen produces almost no pollution. The real beauty is that no fuel cells are required, and we figured out how to convert hydrogen into electrical and thermal energy using our well-proven engine technology.” he adds.
Specialized components include mixture formation technology and a special intake manifold with port injection. This design utilizes the turbo to compress combustion air only, and this assures that hydrogen is deconcentrated to increase operational safety. The geometrical injection is based on CFD (computational fluid dynamics) resulting in extreme high homogenization of the gaseous fuel mix. Not only is the engine compression ratio optimized for hydrogen operations, but the valves and valve sets also utilize specially developed 2G agenitor® technology to compensate for hydrogen reduced lubrication properties. Also, the pistons, connecting rods and piston rings are designed to accommodate the higher combustion pressure of hydrogen fuel.
2G has built its strategy for alternative fuels around multiple technologies, including hydrogen internal combustion engines. This flexible approach allows the company to meet goals for customer needs, environmental impact and shareholder interests. The strategy does not focus on one catch-all solution, but offers a flexible array of configurations and options, including biogas, LFG, natural gas, and a variety of specialty gaseous fuels.
With a strong focus on research and development (2G has its own R&D company — 2G Drives GmbH) the 2G Group maintains its position as the technology leader in the CHP cogeneration market segment.
About 2G CENERGY Power Systems Technologies Inc.
Headquartered in St. Augustine, FL, 2G CENERGY Power Systems Technologies Inc. is a 2G Energy AG group company providing environmentally-friendly and highly efficient CHP cogeneration systems to the North and South American market. 2G’s concept of modular combined heat and power plants for decentralized energy production is leading the way. 2G Energy AG is a long-established manufacturing company publically traded at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Today 2G is the largest independent manufacturers of combined heat and power (CHP) systems, with manufacturing plants in the USA (2G Manufacturing Inc.) and in Germany. More than 3,000 cogeneration plants are installed and operating. The company’s CHP power plants guarantee extreme high energy efficiency, generated from natural gas, biogas, landfill gas, sewage gas, coal mine gas, syngas, hydrogen, and other specialty gaseous fuels. 2G CENERGY provides technologically advanced and clean systems to generate electricity and heat, while reducing CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases. All plants are designed and manufactured “plug & play, connection-ready”.