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MAN Diesel Collaborates on Hybrid Power Plant

Posted on June 23, 2009

MAN Diesel, in collaboration with wind turbine manufacturer, Enercon and planning and consulting firm, Econcern, is building one of the world's largest wind/diesel hybrid power plants on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The plant comprises a wind park with twelve wind turbines and a bio-diesel power plant that will produce electrical power with five MAN diesel engines of type 9L27/38.

The hybrid plant will function as an independent base load power plant supplying the entire island with a total of 25 MW of eco-friendly energy. Twelve wind turbines will be positioned on the north coast of Bonaire and the associated bio-diesel power plant will be located approximately 10 kilometers to the southwest. It is being set up to turnkey completion by MAN Diesel.

For Dr. Stephan Mey, Head of the Power Plants Business Unit at MAN Diesel, the Bonaire project is a pioneering one: “Generating electricity with wind or solar energy is easy wherever the electricity can be fed into a major network. As a sole source of energy – like it is here on the islands, for instance – neither solar nor wind farms are able to deliver a sufficiently constant supply of energy. Here, our diesel power plants offer the perfect supplement that is both environmentally friendly and economically attractive. Our engines’ flexibility is a major advantage too.”

The wind/diesel hybrid power plant is not funded by the state, but instead is being built exclusively on the basis of economic considerations. The result is a very environmentally friendly and autonomous supply of energy to the Caribbean island that is also cheaper than before.

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