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Conferences, seminars and

training courses

The IPowerE organises bespoke conferences, symposia and other events, with a view to bringing the industry together and sharing developments in the industry with the experienced as well as the up and coming young engineers. Although the primary focus is on prime movers there are always papers concerning ancillary equipment and services.



Emissions from Reciprocating Engines and their Abatement                                

One day seminar - Tuesday 18 September 2018

IGEM House, Kegworth DE74 2DA                                                                                                                                                   

The background

It is clear that gas engines (and gas turbines) will play an important role in supporting the variability of renewables, along with storage systems (such as the expansion of batteries), hybrid plants and demand side management.

This situation is anticipated to continue for some time as coal is finally phased out (in the UK in particular) and the growth of renewables continues. This will occur at a time when demand for charging EVs is planned to steadily increase.

Diesel engines using liquid fuel will also remain vitally important for an extended period – particularly in transport and especially on a global basis, whilst alternative fuels and EVs become more widespread.

Unabated emissions, especially in conurbations, are no longer acceptable in many parts of the world. The recent fiasco of “adjusting” auto diesel engine emissions data has also resulted in a growing mistrust of quoted figures - and a political reaction against the use of diesel engines in new light vehicles and generating plant in Europe and North America.

The use of gas fuels – natural gas and biogases of various origins – is emphasised in National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios 2017 where gas is seen as a continuing important fuel until at least 2050.

Use of hydrogen, as the ultimate “clean” fuel locally, is also being more actively promoted for transport in cities – this could extend to stationary installations once the infrastructure is in place?

It is anticipated that emission regulations will be further tightened in future.

For diesels, these are mainly focused on NOx and PM but with generators needed to start and load quickly, requirements to achieve Emission Limit Values (ELVs) in short times can be challenging for exhaust SCRs, for instance.

For gas engines, the issue of methane slip is currently unregulated – at least in the UK – a situation that is likely to change in the not too distant future. Exhaust treatment could then be necessary to oxidise any unburned hydrocarbons.

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