GE Supplying Jenbacher Engines In France

By Jack Burke24 March 2016

GE’s Distributed Power business is supplying an additional three Jenbacher J624 gas engines to Eiffage for three new greenhouses in France.

The Jenbacher engines have an increased output of 4.5 MW compared to 4.4 MW provided by previous models, the company said. The higher output of the machines enables Eiffage’s customers to have more power in the same footprint, the company said. The units were sold by Clarke Energy, GE’s authorized distributor of Jenbacher gas engines.

Eiffage is one of the leading engineering, construction and procurement companies in the European concessions and public works sector. Its energy business line specializes in electrical engineering, HVAC and process automation; providing comprehensive turnkey solutions including the design, construction, operation and maintenance.

One of GE’s Jenbacher J624 gas engines will be installed at each of the Serres Richardière, Coge Camargues and JD Prod greenhouses and will be used for combined heat and power during the winter season—from Nov. 1 through March 31. The engines are expected to be installed by October, with commercial operation planned for November 2016.

As is the case of the total installed fleet, a material stream agreement (MSA) for spare parts also is part of this project. The 12-year MSA provides delivery of genuine Jenbacher gas engine spare parts for preventative maintenance based on the operating hours of the engines.

“The increased output of the J624 gas engines—from 4.4 MW to 4.5 MW—will allow Eiffage to receive more power without increasing its footprint,” said Wouter-Jan van der Wurff, general manager gas power generation for GE’s Distributed Power business. “Our Type 6 gas engines offer efficiency levels up to 87%, providing Eiffage with a time-independent supply of carbon dioxide (CO2) and heat through heat storage, high-quality CO2 to be used for fertilization of the plants and power to the grid at times of highest demand.”

GE said the Jenbacher Type 6 gas engines are an advanced and reliable addition to the product line. The 1500-rpm engine speed results in a high power density with low installation costs, and its pre-combustion chamber achieves high efficiency with low emissions, the company said.

GE’s authorized distributor Clarke Energy is celebrating 1 GW of installed Jenbacher gas engines this year in France.

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