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GE Energy Helps Boost Production

Posted on August 8, 2005

GE Energy is supplying 17 cogeneration systems to the Prominent Growers Association, a group that consists of 21 commercial growers, for use at various greenhouses in the Netherlands. In all, the plants will generate 46.3 MW of power and 55.3 MW of heat. GE has already installed 11 of the units. The group of tomato growers is using GE Energy’s Jenbacher cogeneration systems to boost crop production and global exports.

GE Energy's Jenbacher gas engines are providing the growers with power for assimilation lighting, plus heat and CO2 fertilization to create the correct environmental balance for cultivating vine-ripened tomatoes. In addition to providing power and heat, GE's natural gas-fueled engines are equipped with special technology that produces CO2. By utilizing CodiNox technology, the CO2 from the engines' exhaust is separated and purified in a catalytic converter before it is passed into the greenhouses as a fertilizer. This process increases the concentration of the gas in the greenhouse to a level ideal for plant growth.

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