OPRA Turbines Enters Distribution Agreement With Silent-Power AG

The Partnership Will Work Toward Guaranteeing The Long-Term Supply Of Methanol As An Alternative To Fossil Fuels

OPRA Turbines B.V. (OPRA) has entered into a distribution agreement with Silent-Power AG.

OPRA develops and manufactures gas turbine-based generator sets in the 1.8-MW power range. OPRA Turbines has more than 150 gas turbine generator sets worldwide, accumulating more than 2 million operating hours.

Silent-Power AG (with its business unit Econimo) is a well-funded startup company from Switzerland, specializing in zero-carbon combined heat and power (CHP) solutions using green methanol as fuel. While offering turnkey CHP solutions, the company also guarantees the long-term supply of methanol to its customers at agreed rates, which provides an alternative to fossil fuel and its increasing emission-related cost.

After successful combustion tests on methanol and studies on how to provide a methanol-powered OP16, OPRA and Silent-Power have now signed a distribution agreement making OP16 the exclusive core technology for Econimo’s product in the >1-MW range.

“We are proud to extend our Econimo product line together with OPRA with the new Econimo 5000, offering 5-MW CHP performance,” said Marco Glattfelder, project manager of Econimo products at Silent-Power. “We are looking forward to the immediate market introduction to supply clean energy to commercial customers for hotels, business buildings, factories, and island operations. What began in 2016 with experiments on a small 30-kW turbine, will now step by step be extended to become a family of commercial Econimo products for global carbon-neutral power supply.”

“As a carbon-neutral fuel, which is safe and easy to transport, handle and store, methanol will play an important role in the energy transition,” said Matteo Bellemo, OPRA regional sales manager. “We are looking forward to successful cooperation with Silent Power, supporting our involvement in methanol-driven CHP projects.”