Bergen successfully runs engine on H2 blend with no hardware changes
Working towards a net zero carbon future
Bergen Engines recently launched a comprehensive test programme towards zero carbon emission engines, allowing a gradual transition from liquid natural gas to 100% green hydrogen fuel, as and when it becomes commercially available.
The first tests on a B-Series Bergen gas engine, running on a blend of 15 %v hydrogen and 85 %v natural gas, have been successfully completed without any hardware adjustments.
It was confirmed that the power output was maintained according to specification at all load levels while the carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emission were reduced. The lower unburned hydrocarbon levels and methane slip are also proven.
Jon Erik Røv, Managing Director of Bergen Engines said: “This is a great first step in the decarbonization of our customer’s operations and a testament of the high fuel acceptance capability of our Bergen engines.”
Hydrogen is by many considered the best suited energy carrier for renewable fuel production for land power generation, short sea and inland navigation. A blend of hydrogen and natural gas as fuel is a first step towards zero carbon emissions.
Bergen Engines is aiming to have a commercial solution in the market that will accept hydrogen content of up to 60%, and solutions that can be further developed to accept 100% for new engines to come.
The aim is for its current gas engine fleet to take low levels of hydrogen without any hardware changes. When there is viable access to green hydrogen, the intention is that the Bergen engines are ready and mature with higher levels of hydrogen. An applicable engine upgrade may be done as part of a main service revision that includes piston replacement, so that a portion of the expense can be offset into the normal service cost.
Video: Jon Erik Røv, Managing Director of Bergen Engines talks about how Bergen Engines is a part of the solution to reach the emission targets.
About Bergen Engines AS
Bergen Engines produces medium speed liquid and gas fuelled engines and generator sets supplied to a broad range of land based, commercial marine and naval customers. The Bergen name is a watchword for quality and reliability in its field.
The tradition of engineering in Bergen, Norway, dates back to 1855 when the original company Bergen Mekaniske Verksted (BMV) was founded.
In 1946 the company built its first diesel engine and has since commissioned over 7,000 of its iconic liquid and gas fuelled engines. More than half of them are still in operation today, such is the quality and reliability of a Bergen engine.
From 1999, Bergen Engines AS was owned by Rolls-Royce plc. On 31st December 2021, the company was sold to the privately owned engineering and industrial group, Langley Holdings plc.
About Langley Holdings plc
Langley Holdings is a privately owned UK based engineering and industrial manufacturing group, principally producing capital equipment to diverse markets worldwide.
Langley businesses are either outright market leaders, or occupy strong niche positions in their respective fields, providing advanced technologies in a solutions-based approach.
The group’s principal operations are based in Germany, Italy, France the UK and now Norway, with 18 production facilities in Europe, the UK and the US and more than 90 sales and service subsidiaries worldwide employing over 5,600 people. Revenues for 2022 are expected to be around €1.3 billion.
The group was established in 1975 by Anthony Langley, the current Chairman & CEO, and remains in family ownership.