Jenbachers picked for biofuel power project

By Jack Burke22 February 2022

Overall, plants will produce 8 MW

INNIO and Concord Renewable Energy plan to build four power plants across Malaysia fueled by palm oil wastes.

Each plant is expected to operate two INNIO Jenbacher high-efficiency biogas engines, collectively delivering more than 8 MW of power to the grid.

The companies said the project emphasizes Malaysia’s efforts to achieve its COP26 commitments in moving away from fossil fuels and increasing renewable energy projects. The power plants, built in various parts of Malaysia, will deliver sustainable power to the grid while capturing methane, the companies said.

The Jenbacher Type 4 engines, for which INNIO will also supply long-term servicing, are fuel flexibile. This makes them an excellent technology to advance Malaysia’s plans to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. As part of its COP26 commitment, Malaysia recently raised its National Renewable Energy Capacity target from a 20% increase to a 31% increase of renewables in the national energy mix by 2025.

Eight Jenbacher engines like the one pictured will operate on biogas, providing a total generating capacity of more than 8 MW for power projects in Malaysia. (Image: Innio website).

“INNIO has more than 500 Jenbacher engines currently operating on biogas and deploying about 1 GW in the ASEAN region,” said Carsten Dommermuth, vice president and general manager APAC at INNIO Jenbacher. “Our Jenbacher Type 4 biogas engine fleet delivers reliable and fuel-efficient heat and power, where the additional surplus energy is fed into the power grid as a renewable, dispatchable power source. We are pleased to partner with the Concord Group to provide technology that helps Malaysia meet its climate goals.”

While supplying energy throughout Malaysia, Concord Group and INNIO will be further advancing the country’s climate change mitigation objectives through the sourcing of the fuel. Methane gas emitted by existing palm oil mills will be reappropriated to produce power.

“Having successfully worked with INNIO in the past, we can think of no better technology to support our clean energy goals,” said Concord Renewable Energy Sdn Bhd CEO, Datuk Khairuddin bin Tan Sri Mohd Hussin. “We look forward to continuing to work with INNIO’s advanced Jenbacher technology to help us meet growing energy demand while reducing emissions.”

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