Finland-headed microturbine developer and manufacturer Aurelia Turbines Oy has announced that it has commenced deliveries by shipping its first turbine for commercial use. The "Aurelia A400" turbine was sent to an undisclosed client from Aurelia’s production facility in Lappeenranta, Finland.
Established in 2013, Aurelia Turbines is the first to utilise the “inter-cooled and recuperated generator on both shafts” (IRG2) process that enables high electrical efficiency in its gas turbines. The technology was developed in collaboration with Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Lappeenranta, Finland with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2.
According to the company, the Aurelia A400 turbine is ideally suited for small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) generation in decentralised grids across the world. These 400 kWe turbines may be up to 20 percent more energy efficient than other microturbines of the same size currently on the market.
It has been designed to meet the needs of small- and medium-sized industrial processes and is able to use hydrogen, biogas, and synthetic gas, as well as other renewable and non-standard fuels, providing clients with the flexibility needed to balance changes in renewable energy generation.
All Aurelia A400 variants have been developed to deliver low emissions.
The goal is to meet the demand for cleaner and more flexible power generation for the future. Producing electricity, heat, and, in some cases, cooling locally to the user ensures reliability and minimizes losses during transmission and conversion. The turbines to be delivered in the very near future will be capable of using hydrogen as a fuel; driven by the growing production of renewable energy, there is an increasing demand for novel hydrogen energy solutions around the world, said Matti Malkamäki, the CEO of Aurelia Turbines.