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Turboden wins gas expander order from Italgas for gas network in Rome

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group company Turboden has won an order from Italian gas distributor Italgas for its latest energy efficiency solution: gas expanders.

Turboden will install two 650 kWe gas expanders for Italgas, which will increase the energy efficiency of one of the main gas pressure reduction stations connecting the Italian national gas pipeline network to the city of Rome.

The gas expanders produce electricity by taking advantage of the reduction of gas pressure from the mainline transmission pipeline to that required by both residential and industrial users.

“We are very excited to offer our customers a further solution to increase their energy efficiency, in addition to our advanced ORC [Organic Rankine Cycle] technology and industrial heat pumps which were introduced earlier this year,” said Paolo Bertuzzi, CEO of Turboden. “The project with Italgas confirms once again Turboden's continued drive to develop solutions that allow energy companies such as Italgas transition into a low-carbon future.”

Turboden has been designing and developing plants for distributed power, based on ORC technology, for over 40 years. Due to its experience in organic fluid turbines, the company has entered the gas expanders market, offering a solution in the medium/small size market segment (below 2 MWe).