PROJECTSPilot "Renewable energy" is a project that Green Turbine and AE Magnetics BV initiated at the treatment plant of the Dutch waterboard De Stichtse Rijnlanden.
The Project consists of a Green Turbine waste heat recovery system that utilizes waste heat from gas engines, aims to generate additional clean electrical energy for the water treatment plant.
The plant in IJsselstein treats sewage water from a part of Utrecht. Sludge that enters the plant is being digested and produces methane gas, which is used to run a gas engine. The heat of the engine is utilized for the digestion process.
Research during this pilot project will focus on long-term reliability of the Green Turbine waste heat system using the flue gasses of the engine and validating the return of investment.
Furthermore, research of utilizing the waste heat of the Green Turbine system for usage on the digesterplant is also included.
Besides Waterboard Stichtse Rijnlanden, we have also included Waterboard "Vechstromen" and a livestock farmer "Johannes van der Veen". They are helping the project by providing information with regards to a bigger roll-out into other digester locations.
Following the positive results that derived from the Rotterdam University study; Bepart (mother company of Green Turbine) decided to apply (succesully) for a European grant together with AE Magnetics BV. This resulted in a feasibillity study that explores the introduction of a waste heat recovery system in the shipping industry on a much deeper level.
In order to validate our system for market entrance and select the right business strategy when entering the shipping market, Bepart studied the following objectives during this study:
Bepart has succeeded to answer all three objectives during this study.
The market research showed us an interesting market in both the dredging as well as the inland shipping industry.
The results of the technical validation of the ACTE-Sa heat exchanger were postive.
as well as the results of impact study with regards to safety and environmental regulations on the GreenSkid (PLC) system.
Results that derived from this study, has helped Green Turbine BV to lay a foundation for the requirements that are being demanded on board of a ship and crystalize estimated system costs with regards to a PLC system.
Based on the results shown above, Green Turbine went on developing a PLC system for a Green Turbine skid containing a 15 kWe Green Turbine.
Together with the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Damen Shipyards, MTI Holland and Aitec BV, Green Turbine has performed a small feasibillity study,
calculating the ROI of a Green Turbine system
(3 x a 15 kW) on a ship working with the flue gasses of a diesel engine.
The outcome of the research gave a positive conclusion (ROI of 3 years
or less) for Green Turbine. This gave Green Turbine the opportunity to take a closer look into such a system and a European grant application (Horizon 2020) project was our next step.
For this research, the students from Rotterdam University have been nominated for the Future Pioneers contestís award for most promising maritime innovation by students.