Wärtsilä will supply engine generating sets running on a hydrogen and natural gas blend for Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) Floating Living Lab (FLL)
The installation, described as the ‘first-of-its-kind’, is an offshore floating testbed in Singapore.
The FLL project comprises a floating barge with LNG bunkering facilities for harbour craft and small vessels and houses an embedded power generation system to power operations, with excess electricity to be exported to the national grid or stored in the FLL’s energy storage systems.
Wärtsilä will supply two 34SG engines running on natural gas/LNG with a combined output of 11.6 MW for the power generation system. The engines are also capable of operating on gas with up to 3% hydrogen, and with modifications can utilise up to 25% hydrogen.
The Wärtsilä generating sets will use the boil-off gas from the LNG process for power generation, and will be running in parallel with the grid, energy storage, and solar energy.
“We are looking for future-proof solutions and engines with overall efficiency and capability for burning hydrogen was an important consideration in the award of this contract,” said Keppel O&M’s managing director newbuilds Tan Leong Peng.
Keppel will use the FLL as a testbed for new energy technologies, covering safety requirements for hydrogen energy, infrastructure for hydrogen storage and transportation and offshore applications for hydrogen technology.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed in December 2020 by Keppel FELS, a subsidiary of Keppel O&M. The engines are scheduled for delivery in Q3 2021, and the power generation system is expected to be fully operational by Q1 2022.
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