Engine power plants are using reliable well proven technologies. However, they have mainly been used in the past for different applications and their design was optimised for these applications. A typical task was the provision of emergency power for buildings, data centres, hospitals etc. Adapting to being the optimal solution as flexible back-up power plants in the electricity grid for the growing amount of volatile renewables is possible, but may need some additional design efforts to ensure perfect conditions.
The European engine power plant industry has gathered six challenges for which further research and innovation efforts are needed.