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Jenbacher CHP Systems to Italy

Posted on January 17, 2006

GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engine business has provided five cogeneration units for three new power plants supporting parts of the city of Torino and nearby ski resort villages in Italy. The northern Italian city is hosting the upcoming Olympic Winter Games next month. The CHP systems will operate during and after the Olympic Games providing power to surrounding businesses and residential areas and supporting the region’s economic growth.

For the first CHP project, installed in the northern end of Torino, GE provided one JMS 320 GS-N.LC cogeneration system. The unit, fueled by natural gas, generates 1.06 MW of electricity and 1.26 MW of thermal output, and features a total efficiency of 87%. While the plant is linked to the district heating system of the Olympic Village, its electricity will later be used to support a shopping center and residential community. The CHP system was commissioned in late October 2005. STC Atel S.p.A. of Forlì, Italy was the EPC, and the unit was installed on behalf of the French energy services company Elyo Italia, a subsidiary of SUEZ Group.

For the second and third projects, GE supplied Metanalpi Sestriere SRL of Torino with four Jenbacher CHP systems, which Metanalpi installed in the ski resort villages of Cesana San Sicario and Pragelato in the Italian Alps. Both sites are approximately 1700 meters above sea level. The Cesana San Sicario plant features two JMS 320 GS-N.LC cogeneration systems fueled by natural gas. Each unit generates 1.01 MW of electricity and 1.18 MW of thermal output, with a total efficiency of 86.2%. The Pragelato plant is powered by two JMS 316 GS-N.LC units. Each natural gas-fueled system generates 710 kW of electricity and 877 kW of thermal output, with a total efficiency of 86.1%. The Cesana San Sicario plant was commissioned in November 2005 and the Pragelato system in December 2005. The two ski resort power plants are linked to the region 's district heating system. After the Games, the electricity will be fed into the public grid.

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