BREAKTHROUGH
COMBUSTION 
TECHNOLOGY FOR
GAS TURBINES

Pressure gain combustion technology

Thermal efficiency improvement from 10-20%

Combined cycle efficiency over 66%

Across all gas turbine application areas

Reducing CO₂ emissions

BREAKTHROUGH
COMBUSTION 
TECHNOLOGY FOR
GAS TURBINES

Pressure gain combustion technology

Thermal efficiency improvement from 10-20%

Combined cycle efficiency over 66%

Across all gas turbine application areas

Reducing CO₂ emissions

Finno Energy was established in 2012 by Timo Erämaa and Heikki J Salminen. They spotted an opportunity for a technology to enable power generation with the electrical efficiency of Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) along with the reliability, the availability, the ability to use several different fuels, and the reduced emissions of gas turbines.

OUR UNIQUE TECHNOLOGY

OUR UNIQUE TECHNOLOGY

“An existing turbine burns at constant pressure. With detonation, pressure is rising, and the total energy available for the turbine increases. We see the potential of 30 percent fuel-efficiency improvement… I think it (efficiency gains) will be anywhere from 5 percent to 10 percent.” Michael Idelchik, VP of Advanced Technology Programs at GE Research

Finno Energy’s innovation is based on using pulsed deflagration combustion compatible with existing technology, which has yielded significant results. The technology team have successfully harnessed concepts prevalent in ICE combustion and applied them to gas turbines. Effectively the technology is able to harness 80% of the benefits without any of the drawbacks associated with pulse detonation.

Pressure Gain Combustion Technology

The Finno Energy pressure gain combustion (PGC) process is available for gas turbines in all application areas. Using accurate flow and combustion control, pressure gain of more than 25% has been verified by measurement in our test unit. The simulation driven product development process of pressure gain combustion system is done within the Finno Energy integrated virtual development environment.

SUPERIOR EFFICIENCY OUT OF A CLEANTECH SOLUTION

The Finno Energy PGC system is capable of complete burning with low emissions. It can handle a variety of conventional as well as renewable fuels, including alcohol fuels with water content. Freedom of fuel choice as well as high efficiency contribute to an environmentally smart solution. An important part of the development and validation process is a gas generator test unit that has been running since 2015.

INTEGRATED VIRTUAL DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT

Cutting edge 3D-CFD flow and combustion simulation is integrated to full system simulation and optimization by 1D software, used in conjunction with laboratory testing to calibrate models and verify test results. Avant-garde application of powerful engineering tools enabled the technology team to create the most impressive results within a short timeline. Technology team is available to joint development projects with clients.

LATEST NEWS

June 2019

U.S. Department of Energy has published a very interesting technical report about applying pressure gain combustion to combined cycle power generation. The paper states that “PGC technology represents a potential disruptive change in power plant efficiency that is not achievable through standard gas turbine technology”. Read the whole report here: https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1356814

April 2019

Finno Energy has made various new simulations of its process in different sizes and gas turbine applications. The results are excellent, and they are proving the flexibility of our technology.

November 2018

Finno Energy started a project with a major gas turbine manufacturer. The goal of the project is to show the potential of Finno Energy’s pressure gain combustion applied to their technology.

August 2018

First coupled simulation with GT-POWER and CONVERGE CFD was run on Finno Energy’s digital development platform. The simulated pressure trace matched the pressure trace that was measured from the test unit. Simulations with the new design are giving promising results about the technology’s potential.

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March 2018

The testing of the updated test unit has shown some really promising results. New record in pressure gain was measured with the new setup.

February 2018

Finno Energy updated their digital development platform with an in-house High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities. The facilities are used to run CONVERGE CFD simulations of our process. The new HPC cluster consists of 144 cores.

December 2017

Finno Energy did a major update to the test unit. The updated test unit is now ready to be tested. The team is waiting for excellent results from the tests.

OUR TEAM

Timo Erämaa

Timo Erämaa

CEO

 

Heikki J. Salminen

Heikki J. Salminen

CTO

Tero Ijäs

Tero Ijäs

Product Development Manager

Fabio Ciccateri

Fabio Ciccateri

CFD Specialist

Olli Ulmala

Olli Ulmala

Project Engineer

Jussi Autere

Jussi Autere

Board Member, Strategic advisor

Peter Ollikainen

Peter Ollikainen

Business Development

 

OUR TEAM

Timo Erämaa

Timo Erämaa

CEO

Heikki J. Salminen

Heikki J. Salminen

CTO

Tero Ijäs

Tero Ijäs

Product Development Manager

Fabio Ciccateri

Fabio Ciccateri

CFD Specialist

Olli Ulmala

Olli Ulmala

Project Engineer

Jussi Autere

Jussi Autere

Board Member, Strategic advisor

Peter Ollikainen

Peter Ollikainen

Business Development

 

OUR PARTNERS

OUR PARTNERS

CONTACT US

ADDRESS:
Finno Energy Oy
Särkiniementie 5C21
00210 Helsinki, Finland
 
 
Email:
timo.eramaa(at)finnoenergy.fi

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