Synthesis Energy Systems and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide announced the successful operation of the world’s first engine generator using synthesis gas (syngas) as fuel. The engine generator set, a 125kW Kohler engine based on a General Motors 8.1 liter V-8 block, successfully and repeatably produced stabilized power.
The syngas used as fuel was identical to syngas produced by the U-Gas coal fluidized-bed gasification technology developed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and licensed to SES. Syngas from coal gasification usually is targeted to fuel large combustion turbines for power generation. SES power generation facilities include standardized 60 MW, 120 MW, 180 MW and 300 MW modules.
Successful operation of the generator set is a major step forward in the cost effective utilization of Synthesis Gas. The operation of an automotive engine as well as power production from gas created by our proprietary U-Gas(R) technology demonstrates the flexibility to use syngas in a wide array of applications, including power generation.—Timothy Vail, President and CEO
Earlier this year, SES awarded a contract to Quantum to develop the world’s first syngas-powered generator set under a contract engineering/development program. Quantum is an industry leader in the development of automotive systems based on hydrogen fuel.