Loughborough joins forces with clean power pioneer Bladon to develop hydrogen fuelled micro turbine generator

Loughborough University is working with the clean power pioneer Bladon to research and develop a hydrogen fuelled version of the company’s micro turbine generator, significantly advancing hydrogen combustion for micro gas turbines.

Bladon’s micro turbine gensets (MTGs) deliver clean, reliable power to telecoms sites and other challenging applications worldwide. The gensets are fuel flexible, currently capable of operating on diesel, kerosene and paraffin, low carbon Hydrotreated Vegetable oil (HVO) or even a mix of these. They offer independent operation, with just one maintenance visit required each year regardless of run hours or load.

The company’s latest developments, enabled by the generator’s modular engineering design, include a range of gaseous products, that will lead to the use of hydrogen as a fuel, offering zero carbon power for its operators.

Baldon will be working with Loughborough’s world-leading National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology (NCCAT). NCCAT is funded through a partnership comprising the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK (IUK), Rolls-Royce and the University.

“NCCAT is designed to help the UK meet the net zero carbon challenge across several key areas in the UK,” explains Emma Callaghan, the NCCAT Business Manager. “We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Bladon Jets to realise their commercial goal of producing a micro turbine hydrogen demonstrator in 2022.”

Bladon’s Chief Commercial Officer, Yvette Henshall-Bell, added: “Our micro turbine generators are clean now and they’re going to be zero carbon.

“The micro turbine generator is already a truly innovative game-changer and through our work with Loughborough University we will have a hydrogen demonstrator to show our customers later in 2022.”