Siemens and Göteborg Energi testing renewable fuels with 3D printed burners

In a big effort to increase reliance on renewable energy sources in the Swedish city of Göteborg, Göteborg Energi and Siemens are partnering to test state-of-the-art gas turbine technology and renewable fuels. The partnership will be based at the Rya combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Göteborg’s energy port and will begin with the validation of innovative 3D printed burners.

The first phase of the cooperation will be centered on an SGT-800 test turbine that has been installed at the Rya plant for the validation of 3D printed burners. The partners have chosen to work with additively manufactured burners because the technology facilitates and accelerates the R&D process—which is critical for the urgent adoption of green energy. Once the 3D printed burners are validated, they can be used to test various types of fossil-free fuels, such as hydrogen or biofuels.

“The Rya CHP plant plays an important role in Gothenburg’s electricity supply,” said Alf Engqvist, CEO of Göteborg Energi. “Working together with Siemens we want to explore the possibilities for the conversion of both electric power and heat production as pieces of the puzzle in our work for fossil-free energy independence.”

Today, the Rya CHP plant is powered by natural gas, which is marked improvement in terms of carbon emissions compared to coal-powered plants. By co-burning natural gas with an increasing amount of hydrogen or biofuel, however, the plant’s emissions can be further reduced.

“In our collaboration with Göteborg Energi we see the possibility to verify the viability of several different renewable fuels, such as hydrogen, on a larger scale, first in Sweden and then in other parts of the world,” explained Thorbjoern Fors, CEO of Siemens Distributed Generation and Oil & Gas Services Business. “With this cooperation, Göteborg Energi and the Rya CHP plant are driving innovation toward new solutions and green power together with us.

“Our goal is to run the SGT-600 and -800 gas turbine combustors 100% fossil free, for example with hydrogen, in the near future. This is a unique cooperation between Siemens and a customers that can demonstrate the varied possibilities for sustainable and cost-effective fuels as our industry and societies look to reduce carbon emissions around the world.”

Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

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