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Camcon Receives DTI SMART Award to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Gas Turbines

15 April, 2003 – Camcon Technology based in Cambridge, UK, the inventor and developer of Camcon® binary actuator, has won a £45,000 Smart Award from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to undertake a potentially world-beating feasibility study aimed at greatly reducing greenhouse gas emissions from gas and liquid fuel turbines.

Nitrous Oxide (NOx) emitted by gas and liquid fuel turbines is a serious greenhouse gas threat because, unlike CO2, it cannot be recycled; instead it accumulates in the stratosphere.

Research on reduction of NOx emissions from turbine engines indicates that NOx can be greatly reduced by running in ‘lean burn’ mode, however this simultaneously produces instability and ultimately catastrophic failure of the flame chambers.

Research teams including the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge have reported that the flame can be stabilised in ‘lean burn’ mode by introducing high frequency modulation to the incoming fuel stream. But such fuel control requirements cannot be fulfilled by any existing technology.

Camcon® binary actuating technology has been tested in similar control applications and proved to be capable of achieving the speed and accuracy required to modulate the incoming fuel stream in a gas turbine application. The feasibility study will seek to achieve necessary modulation speed without negatively impacting other aspects of fuel delivery.

The EU Member States collectively agreed to an eight per cent reduction in greenhouse gases at the Kyoto Summit in 1997. The UK's contribution to this target has been set at a 12.5 per cent reduction on 1990 levels.

"The SMART Award will help us accelerate research on the application of the Camcon® binary actuator in many areas of flow modulation. We believe that the elimination of the greenhouse emissions is a severe technical challenge, but if we succeed, it will lead to extremely positive environment benefits,” said Christopher McDouall, Commercial Director, Camcon Technology.

The Smart Awards scheme, operated in the UK by the Small Business Service, an agency of the DTI, provides grants to help individuals and businesses research and develop technologically innovative products and processes.

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About Camcon

Based in Cambridge, UK, Camcon Technology is a small fast growing company focused on the research and development of the Camcon® binary actuator. The high-speed, low energy consumption, low heat dissipation and long life characteristics of the Camcon® binary actuator mean that it has applications in a whole new range of areas, as well as being a replacement for existing actuator and valve technologies.

Camcon Technology licenses its technology to customers, typically on an exclusive field-of-use basis. The company develops pre-production prototypes for customers on a consultancy basis and then hands over designs either to its customers to manufacture in volume, or to a manufacturing partner. For further details, see:

Camcon is a registered trademark of Camcon Technology. All other products and names may or may not be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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