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ECOJET — Result In Brief

Project ID: 606076
Funded under: FP7-SME
Country: Denmark
Domain: Industry, Energy

A micro-gas turbine solution for the energy market

Four small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have jointly developed a micro-gas turbine for combined heat and power (CHP) generation to explore an attractive market opportunity.
A micro-gas turbine solution for the energy market
Micro-gas turbine technology is not new, but it represents the leading energy system through which distributed power generation is currently being implemented. It offers high-efficiency CHP cogeneration at small- to medium-power scales with low maintenance requirements.

The micro-gas turbine-based solution for CHP developed within the EU-funded project ECOJET (Cost-effective, high-efficient micro gas turbine for micro CHP applications) promises to change the game in distributed power generation. This highly cost-efficient system produces electric power of 10 kilowatts.

Besides reducing the electricity bill by up to 60 %, the ECOJET radial gas engine has been designed to meet the latest environmental standards with low noise (< 55 A-weighted decibels) as well as exhaust emissions. In addition, its micro gas turbine can be fired using a wide range of fuels, such as natural gas and biogas.

Importantly, it can be manufactured at lower cost and with a higher power-to-weight ratio as compared to a conventional diesel generator. Suitable for household applications, the micro gas turbine can be produced with a diameter of 40 cm, a height of 40 cm and a weight of 35 kg.

Originally, micro gas turbines were used to generate emergency and peak-load power without utilisation of waste heat. ECOJET engineers developed these turbines incorporating a few advanced components for inexpensive commercial production.

To date, there are only a few commercial manufacturers of micro gas turbines for CHP generation worldwide. ECOJET has placed the partner SMEs in a highly competitive position within the cogeneration market where dominant players were predominantly from outside the EU.

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Keywords

Micro-gas turbine, SMEs, CHP generation, ECOJET, radial gas engine
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