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Powering BMW Factory

GE Jenbacher cogeneration technology generating reliable electricity, heat for Regensburg auto manufacturing facility

Posted on January 24, 2013

Automobile manufacturer BMW Group has installed four Jenbacher J616 cogeneration modules at BMW’s Regensburg factory in Bavaria, Germany. The cogeneration plant is generating 10.7 MW of on-site power, meeting about 30% of the factory’s energy needs.

In addition to generating electricity, the cogeneration plant is capturing and utilizing 9.6 MW of engine waste heat to support the factory’s production processes. The plant will combine the engine waste heat with existing boilers to provide heating during the winter. The facility will have an electrical efficiency of up to 44.9%, a thermal efficiency of up to 40.4%, with a combined efficiency of up to 85.3%, BMW said.

In the event of a blackout or service disruption to the national grid, the natural gas-fueled CHP plant can continue to operate the Regensburg factory’s emergency lights.

In addition to supplying the Jenbacher CHP units, GE is installing piping, cabling and a ventilation system, and dismantling the factory’s old power plant. GE also will provide services for the CHP plant under a comprehensive agreement.

The Regensburg factory CHP plant project is the latest BMW facility to utilize GE’s Jenbacher gas engines for reliable on-site power during the past four decades.