New INNIO Hydrogen Engine Ready for Use after Passing all Tests

By September 29, 2020 4   min read  (696 words)

September 29, 2020 |

innio hansewerk wasserstoffmotor test sep 2020

• Motor prototype passes test runs with 100 percent hydrogen
• Pilot system for hydrogen block-type thermal power station in Hamburg-Othmarschen is to start operation as early as the 2020/21 heating season
• Conversion of a Jenbacher gas engine to a variable hydrogen-natural gas mixture up to 100 percent hydrogen

HAMBURG (Germany) – JENBACH (Austria)– INNIO and HanseWerk have just reached an important milestone in their joint project for a hydrogen cogeneration unit of the 1 MW class in the center of Hamburg: The prototype for the new type of engine, which is to be used in this pilot system has successfully passed all test runs on the INNIO development test bench in Jenbach.

Das Projekt in Hamburg-Othmarschen kommt damit einen entscheidenden Schritt voran: „Die Endabnahme ist der Beleg für das Funktionieren dieser bahnbrechenden neuen Technologie“, freut sich Carlos Lange, President und CEO von INNIO. „Am Prüfstand gelten die höchsten Ansprüche, die man an ein neues Produkt stellen kann. Und unser neuer Motor – der erste Jenbacher Gasmotor, der mit 100 Prozent Erdgas und mit variablen Wasserstoff-Erdgas-Gemischen bis hin zu 100 Prozent Wasserstoff betrieben werden kann – hat den Test bravourös bestanden.“

Thomas Baade, Technical Director of HanseWerk Natur GmbH, adds: “This means that nothing stands in the way of the further implementation of our project. We will therefore convert the natural gas-powered combined heat and power plant in the UCI cinema center in Othmarschen to run on 100 percent hydrogen. Here we want to demonstrate how a combined heat and power plant can be operated in the future with green hydrogen – i.e. generated from excess wind energy – and thus generate climate-friendly electricity and heat. Together we are setting the course for a greener, safer, flexible and future-oriented energy future for Hamburg. ”

Highly innovative project on the way to the energy transition

The lighthouse project is being implemented against the background of the efforts of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein to make northern Germany the center of hydrogen technology in the state. The aim is not only to promote the future use of hydrogen technology in combined heat and power plants, but also to provide the city of Hamburg with the comprehensive provision of green hydrogen for customers in the electricity, heating and transport sectors. In addition, the addition of hydrogen to the natural gas network is to be simulated in the course of the project. The retrofitting of the existing block-type thermal power station should take place in autumn 2020. Similar to the block-type thermal power station in Hamburg-Othmarschen, other existing gas engine systems could also be converted to operate with a hydrogen-natural gas mixture or 100 percent hydrogen.

About HanseWerk AG

HanseWerk AG is a German energy service provider with a focus on network operation and decentralized energy generation. More than three million people in the federal states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg and Lower Saxony are supplied directly or indirectly with electricity, natural gas, heat or water via the company’s networks and systems. Via its subsidiary HanseWerk Natur, it is responsible for 900 kilometers of local heating networks, 9,000 heating systems and 200 combined heat and power plants. In the past few years, HanseWerk AG has connected tens of thousands of systems for generating renewable energies with a feed-in capacity of almost 9,000 MW to the grid.

INNIO is a leading solution provider for gas engines, energy systems, a digital platform and additional services in the field of energy generation and gas compression close to the consumer. With the Jenbacher and Waukesha product brands, INNIO is pushing the boundaries of what is possible and looking boldly into the future. Our broad portfolio of reliable, economical and durable industrial gas engines in the power range between 200 KW and 10 MW meets the requirements of a wide variety of industries. Worldwide, we can look after the more than 50,000 gas engines we have delivered to date over their entire service life. Supported by a broad network of service providers, INNIO is represented in more than 100 countries and can react immediately to service needs. Our corporate headquarters are in Jenbach, with other main offices in Welland (Ontario, Canada) and Waukesha (Wisconsin, USA). Please visit our website at for more information. Follow INNIO on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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