Dispatchable, Decentralised Energy
Engine power plants are the preferred option when it is critical to have dispatchable, reliable power. at any location: small to medium-size engine power plants may be installed in the basement or on the roof of buildings or even be containerised.
This containerised cogeneration unit close to Rotterdam provides reliable steady power (500kW) and heat (400kW) to a housing complex. Thanks to this engine power plant installed in 2014, heating costs have been reduced dramatically. The electricity surplus is fed into the public grid, producing additional earnings.
This base load engine power plant, owned by the French utility 'Électricité de France', is located on the island of Martinique. It is composed of twelve engines generating 220 MW for the grid and meeting around 60% of the power needs of this Caribbean island. Since the power plant can cover its requirements using desalinated seawater instead of ground water, water resources are spared. In addition, the heat from the engines is used to generate the hot water required at the site.