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Can an electric system be 100% supported by renewables? Can the heat demand of a region be met by only using renewable sources?



Taking a realistic approach to these questions and considering that a desirable energy system is safe, cost-effective, flexible and carbon free, we still have a long way to go before reaching a climate-neutral economy. And that should be our aim and responsibility. Not only because of the Paris Agreement commitments.

Among all alternatives to reach this objective, cogeneration provides all the benefits for building the ideal energy system. It is safe and flexible, as it can provide reliable power and heat timely and precisely.
Cogeneration is cost-effective by being the most efficient technology for powering and heating and making the best use of natural gas. Moreover, it is climate friendly because energy savings mean less CO2 into the atmosphere.

In addition, as industry is the main beneficiary of cogeneration, the technology supports progress, development and economic growth. One of the things we all can be proud of is that during the last years, millions of people have improved their living standards worldwide and have left poverty and exclusion behind. Therefore, the real target is to maintain our prosperity while reducing our carbon footprint. Cogeneration is the tool to achieve it. Cogeneration is the solution.

We expect to keep on raising efficiency and making the most out of future opportunities. Through promising technologies as CO2 capture, synthetic gas or H2, we think we will keep on being valuable for customers and the environment in the future. These solutions will be reliable in the midterm and will allow us to use the existing infrastructure. Thanks to this, strong investments in wirings, energy storage and management systems could be avoided, reducing important impacts on our cities and natural resources.

MTU was founded by Karl and Wilhelm Maybach in 1909. They started up the company powering a Zeppelin, that took off in Friedrichshafen, next to our current Headquarters. Charles Rolls and Henry Royce built their first motor car in England in 1904.

Both companies have evolved, becoming Rolls Royce Power Systems. From this impressive heritage, MTU – Rolls Royce Power Systems will be there to lead us into this exciting carbon free future.

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Turboden ORC system for distributed heat and power generation

Turboden ORC systems can generate electric and thermal power exploiting multiple sources, such as renewables (biomass, geothermal and solar energy), traditional fuels, and waste heat from industrial processes, waste incinerators, engines or gas turbines.

A new technical solution developed for the cogeneration of high-temperature heat and electricity (CHP) is the Steam & Power ORC System, with a very high overall energy efficiency, directly employed in manufacturing and industrial processes of sectors like: agrifood & beverage, chemical & pharmaceutical, paper & wood industry, textile, plastic & rubber, oil & gas, etc.

This System can be fed by multiple heat sources (e.g. natural gas, wood residues, etc.) offering an opportunity of exploiting by-products of the manufacturing facility to further reduce natural gas consumption, CO2 emissions, and avoid disposal costs.

This new and innovative technology is able to produce high quantity of steam at medium pressure (3 to 25 t/h - 4 to 30 bar) with a global efficiency of 92% and with a significant flexibility (up to 20% of nominal operating load).

Turboden Steam & Power ORC System offers excellent performance, simple operation and very low maintenance costs that can lead to energy efficiency and highly profitable business plan.

More info about the Steam & Power solution: https://www.turboden.com/applications/1057/steam-power

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Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration: Cutting CO2 emissions by 2 tonnes per household every year!

A micro-cogeneration installation can help save up to 2 tons of CO2 per housing unit, a good step forward for decarbonisation in Europe. Moreover, micro-cogeneration can be combined with heat pumps to improve performance, as well as being integrated into renewable energy systems to guarantee a constant supply when these are not available. We asked Mike Small to explain the PACE program, focused on promoting micro-cogeneration in Europe.

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