05 November 2018 The aim of the MethQuest lead project is to develop environmentally compatible, affordable, and feasible gas technologies for a successful energy transition. In the so-called power-to-gas process, methane-based fuels are produced using electric power generated from renewable energy sources. A total of 27 scientific, industrial and business partners are working on solutions with the potential to significantly reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. Within the framework of the MethQuest project Kelvion is developing a new double tube safety heat exchanger at its Monzingen site.
The three-year lead project has total funding of around EUR 19 million from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and pursues a cross-sector approach. Under the joint leadership of Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the DVGW Research Centre at Engler-Bunte-Institute (EBI) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), engineers and researchers from six different joint projects (MethFuel, MethCar, MethPower, MethGrid, MethSys and MethMare) are developing solutions that will enable methane-based fuels from renewables to be used in mobile and stationary applications and rapidly launched on the market. While the use of gas is widespread, particularly for heating purposes, its potential for passenger, freight, and maritime transport is under-developed.
Heat exchangers for the high-pressure area
MethMare will focus on two concepts for dynamically operable high-speed gas engines for ships in order to demonstrate technological, ecological and economic feasibility. The team of engineers from Kelvion is developing a new double tube safety heat exchanger for this area which will be able to operate reliably and efficiently in high-pressure areas.
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