MWM Engine Powering Stone Processing Plant
By Jack Burke29 July 2020
The Russian MWM distributor MKS Group of Companies has successfully commissioned the new energy center for the Russian industrial enterprise in Kartalinsky district of Chelyabinsk region.
The new power plant will supply Russia’s largest natural stone production and processing company with power and heat. An MWM TCG 2020 V20 gas engine with an output of 2000 kW and an electrical efficiency of 44% constitutes the core of the new energy center.
The new energy center stabilizes the company’s power supply and thus the entire production and manufacturing process. In 2019, the company opened a workshop with innovative equipment, which depends on uninterrupted power supply in 24-hour shift operation, MWM said. The plant’s main products are high-quality mineral marble fillers with a high white proportion from the Eleninsky and Polotsky deposits. Microframe fillers and marble chips are used for the production of dry construction mixtures, paint coatings, linoleum, leather substitute materials, cleaning agents, ceramic tiles, tableware, paper, and even food and pharmaceutical products (e.g. for dental whiteners).
To maximize the energy security for the sensitive production and processing of natural stone, MKS has established a modular power plant (MPP) close to the factory. Thanks to their design, modular power plants can be set up anywhere in no time and can be used for distributed energy supply even in regions devoid of an infrastructure.
An MWM TCG 2020 gas engine forms the core of the power plant. The energy center employs combined heat and power (CHP) generation and produces power and heat energy directly where it is needed. Optionally, excess heat can be fed into a local or district heating network or be used for generating steam. Following the go-live of the power plant, this efficient form of energy generation reduced the company’s power costs to a third of the former expenses. Thus, the power plant’s payback period is only about three years.
The MWM TCG 2020 gas engines operate in an output range of 1000 to 2000 kW and can be used with various gas types. The TCG 2020 is mainly used for CHP plants and for biogas applications worldwide.