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Sustainable Energy Week to highlight potential of microturbines

European Turbine Network, COGEN Europe, AEBIOM and the Renewable Heating & Cooling Platform are to organise a policy session entitled “Micro-Gas Turbines put a new spin on green energy production” during the forthcoming EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

The objective of this session, taking place on the 15th of June is to highlight and discuss how Micro Gas Turbine (MGT) technology in a system approach can contribute to the decarbonisation of the energy system.

The MGT technology (0.5 to 250 kW) is a promising technology that is finding its position in the market thanks to its flexibility to integrate Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and its low maintenance costs.

The technology allows distributed combined heat and power to be adaptable with MGT integrated with Renewable Energy Sources (RES), such as concentrated solar power (CSP) and biomass. This would enable CO2 neutral power generation and reduce the cost of transport compared to centralised systems. However this poses challenges that are specific to the cycle configuration.

The session will include discussion on fuel flexibility for small scale CHP being a major challenge that needs to be addressed to enable a wider use of “CO2 neutral fuel”.