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.
The Faroe Islands lie in the middle of the North Atlantic between Iceland and Norway. Power is provided by Elfelagið SEV, the publicly owned, primary power-producer on the islands. Today, 50 % of the islands’ energy consumption is already met by green energy – wind and hydropower.
The Sund power plant acts as a smart reliable backup to variable renewable energy. While the plant still runs on fossil fuels, the vision is to have it operate on synthetic, carbon-neutral fuel by 2030 – making the islands’ power supply 100% green. (Image Source: SEV/FaroePhoto)
Stuttgart is a city in the southwest of Germany, known for being the “cradle of automobile”. The city’s “Gaisburg” power plant, operated by EnBW (Energie Baden-Württemberg), has a power output of 31MW and provides heat to 25 000 homes through a district heating network.
The gas engines run whenever the electricity price is sufficient to make it profitable to provide both electricity and heat. Replacing an old coal power plant, the new engine power plant will help save 70 Mt of CO2 each year. In the long run, the plant should run on renewable gases and thus be free of GHG emissions. (Image Source: MAN)
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. (Image Source: Liebherr)
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.
(Image Source: MAN)