ENU scientists together with AlES develop new technology for CHP fuel

NJSC "Eurasian National University named after L.N.Gumilev. L.N.Gumilev" and Almaty Electrical Stations JSC (AlES) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation and interaction in the field of environmental protection and use of gas-hydrogen fuel mix. The parties intend to develop technology to produce a new type of fuel to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

The joint project of ENU and AlES is aimed at determining the possibility of industrial production of "green" hydrogen and its optimal blending with natural gas. The new technology is needed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the environment, improving the efficiency of natural gas combustion, reducing its costs.

Scientists of ENU for more than 15 years conduct scientific activity in the field of hydrogen energy. The university professor Kairat Kuterbekov is actively working on the creation of new science-intensive and environmentally friendly technologies to reduce air pollution by industrial enterprises. The scientist notes that hydrogen energy is one of the key areas that can reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

– Our university supports the scientific research of scientists and creates the necessary conditions. For the first time we initiated and implemented projects on development of hydrogen energy technologies in Kazakhstan, hydrogen production and storage. Now, together with AlES, we plan to study and apply modern proven and advanced technologies, as well as control and measuring equipment. The mixing process will be carried out gradually and sequentially, taking into account the outcome of each step. According to the results obtained at the pilot site of AlES, this whole algorithm will be proposed for its implementation at CHPs It has been experimentally and practically established that mixed "gas-hydrogen" fuel in a certain ratio is optimal for gas networks and not only for power gas turbine stations, but even for heating houses, and in conventional burners of gas stoves. This type of fuel has a high thermal conductivity, and another important advantage – it significantly reduces the "carbon footprint" in the environment, as hydrogen combustion does not form carbon, – explained the director of the Research Institute "Eurasian Institute of Physical-Energy Research and Science-intensive Technologies" at ENU, Professor Kairat Kuterbekov.

Director of the Department of Labor Protection and Environmental Protection of JSC "AlES" Rasul Onalbaev noted that it is planned 2-3 years of joint work with scientists of the Eurasian National University:

– We look forward to fruitful work in this direction. I am sure that in the near future we will make our contribution in the field of environmental protection by introducing new technologies that will improve the ecology of Almaty.

In ENU the scientific and technological reserve of high level and unique special equipment in this direction is formed. Also, since 2021, the university scientists have been actively involved in the creation of the Hydrogen Energy Competence Center, in the discussion of the concept and strategy for the development of hydrogen energy in Kazakhstan.