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A fuel-flexible linear generator that uses low-temperature reactions, rather than combustion, to generate energy has passed key tests demonstrating its ability to run on 100% ammonia or hydrogen, according to the device’s manufacturer Mainspring Energy.
The linear generator had already demonstrated an ability to generate electricity from fuels such as natural gas or renewable biogas without generating NOx. But a growing number of customers hoped to pair the generator with emerging low-carbon fuels like hydrogen, according to Mainspring founder and CEO Shannon Miller.
The generator currently represents a potential low or no carbon alternative to backup power generators, but Miller said the company is also working to scale up their product in response to interest from utilities.