ENGIE announces winners of latest call for projects

27th November 2018

ENGIE, the leading energy and services group, has announced the winners of its ‘Call for solutions for Gas Engine/CHP (Combined Heat & Power) Data Acquisition’.

The winning application was a joint entry from Intelligent Plant and RAB Microfluidics, which have developed a system for continuous monitoring of oil quality in gas turbines and CHP plant.

ENGIE was looking to identify innovative projects and solutions, capable of reducing the requirement for manual oil sampling and analysis in its gas engine fleet, to maximise availability and reduce unplanned maintenance. 

The Intelligent Plant/RAB Microfluidics solution uses microfluidic ‘lab-on-a-chip’ technology that enables real-time continuous testing and analysis of rotating machinery lubricant. This proprietary technology uses microfluidic, spectroscopy and electrical conductivity techniques to analyse small samples of lubricating oil and delivers oil analysis 1000x faster and 10x cheaper than current methods.

This solution has undergone rigorous laboratory and field testing in a range of applications including wind turbines as well as CHP and gas engines.

Ben Watts, Innovation & Solutions Director with ENGIE UK & Ireland, commented: “We are delighted to announce Intelligent Plant with RAB Microfluidics as winners of this Call for Projects. Their continuous monitoring and analytics solution has the potential to increase the availability of critical assets, something that is of great importance to ENGIE and our customers. Plans are already underway to pilot the solution on live sites and we look forward to seeing how it performs.”

Following their success, Intelligent Plant and RAB Microfluidics will receive personalised support from ENGIE, covering technical/product development, business management and marketing – with the potential for closer business collaboration.

ENGIE regularly launches call for projects. Visit ENGIE’s Innovation website to find out more.