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GE Equipment Heading To Europe

Posted on September 20, 2011

GE has agreed to supply a combination of its Jenbacher gas engines and Clean Cycle waste-heat recovery modules to agricultural biogas projects throughout Europe. The agreement is part of a three-year, US$50 million project with Gruppo AB, a European combined heat and power (CHP) project developer.

The project marks the largest deal for a package featuring GE’s Jenbacher biogas engines and the Clean Cycle technology since acquiring the waste-heat technology from Calnetix Power Solutions in 2010. Agricultural facilities are seeking to install modern CHP systems to support the European Union’s 20/20/20 initiative to generate 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, according to GE.

For the agricultural cogeneration project, Gruppo AB will combine the Clean Cycle modules with Jenbacher gas engines, with each package able to generate up to 999 kW of electrical power and 402 kW of thermal power. The output of the integrated system was intentionally kept under 1 MW because the highest feed-in tariffs in Italy are for power projects that produce less than 1 MW. This allows agricultural groups using the package to make the most use of the tariffs, GE said.

Combining GE’s Jenbacher gas engines with GE’s 125 kW Clean Cycle waste-heat recovery unit provides a package that results in up to a 10% increase in electrical output and up to a 10% reduction in the biomass required for biogas CHP. The new package also achieves a lower NOx level of 450 mg/Nm3 and CO of 500 mg/Nm3. The primary source of fuel for the new package is biogas, out of pig and cow manure, corn and other crops. The Clean Cycle system converts excess heat into additional electricity. The electricity generated from the package can be used for treatment plants and supplied to the public power grid.

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