Mainspring tests Hydrogen and Ammonia powered generator
It would avoid the energy loss associated with converting ammonia back to hydrogen to use as a fuel.
Mainspring Energy announced that its Mainspring Linear Generator passed key tests directly running 100% hydrogen and 100% ammonia fuels at high efficiencies.
It is the first power generation technology to provide this level of fuel flexibility within a single product, significantly reducing customer investment risk in delivering resilient, clean, dispatchable, and low-cost electricity for both power grids and commercial and industrial uses.
The Mainspring Linear Generator is the world’s first generator to directly run both 100% hydrogen (shown) and 100% ammonia fuels, in addition to biogas and many other fuels. Its unique fuel flexibility allows it to automatically switch between fuels using innovative software-based control.
The Mainspring Linear Generator is the world’s first generator to directly run both 100% hydrogen and 100% ammonia fuels, in addition to biogas and many other fuels. Its unique fuel flexibility allows it to automatically switch between fuels using innovative software-based control.
In addition to hydrogen and ammonia, the Mainspring product runs on biogas, renewable natural gas, and other widely available gaseous fuels, and can switch between fuels automatically with software-based control. The technology has the potential to solve significant decarbonization challenges in meeting aggressive climate goals.
The scalability of the Mainspring product allows for use in behind-the-meter applications as well as in large grids, microgrids, data centres, and similar operations that require support for 24/7 clean power, clean backup generation, and clean firming capabilities. The products are in the field today powering the operations of Fortune 500 companies. Mainspring intends to deliver a model that is UL certified to directly run both hydrogen and ammonia, along with all other gaseous fuels, next year.
A Mainspring product running directly on 100% clean hydrogen or ammonia could replace a diesel backup generator with equal resilience at zero-carbon while being available to also provide other benefits such as easy permitting, demand response, and wholesale market participation since it has low emissions and can be permitted to run 24/7.