Ukrainian gas turbine plant to test hydrogen-fueled engines

16 December 2021, 05:00 PM

State Enterprise Gas Turbine Research & Production Complex Zorya-Mashproekt, part of Ukrainian state defense company Ukroboronprom, is to start testing hydrogen-fueled engines, the company said in a Facebook post on Dec. 14.

“A special purpose testing ground will be set up at the Zorya-Mashproekt research unit, which will be involved in the implementation of the enterprise’s program for the development of hydrogen technologies,” the company said.

The testing ground will be used to test a combustion chamber for gas turbine engines operating on hydrogen fuel.

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The testing ground should be completed by the end of 2022, while a working combustion chamber prototype should be presented in 2023.

“Zorya-Mashproekt already has experience in using hydrogen fuel for a gas turbine engine in the power industry,” reads the report.

According to the company, today hydrogen fuel is one of the key in the enterprise’s research work.

Previously, gas transmission system operators from Ukraine, Germany, Czech Republic, and Slovakia agreed to create a hydrogen pipeline in Central Europe.

Zorya-Mashproekt is a designer and manufacturer of gas turbine equipment. It is also one of the largest exporters, and a monopolist on the CIS market, of marine gas turbines.

In 2020 the company’s revenues grew by 3.6 percent, to UAH 3.54 billion. However, its net profits fell by 86.9 percent, to UAH 37.51 million.

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