Engines of Decarbonisation
To achieve the 2030 EU target of a 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to 1990, carbon-intensive energy sources like coal must be replaced by environmentally sound energy sources emitting much less carbon dioxide. These include renewable energy sources like wind, sun or biomass - but also gas. Engine power plants run on the full range of fuel types, from different biofuels to all types of gases, from natural to sewage and biogas. They are therefore a very useful technology to help decarbonising Europe’s energy production. Furthermore, thanks to their very fast availability, engine power plants only run when really needed, avoiding unnecessary emissions in idle or minimum-load mode. Finally, engine power plants are an optimal partner to renewables because their flexibility allows the smooth integration of these intermittent energy sources into the power grid by completing them as soon as the wind or sun intensity is declining and a responsive and environmentally sound power source is needed.
|Energy from Biogas
Biogas is produced through anaerobic fermentation of organic materials like liquid manure, solid dung or corn silage. Thanks to cogeneration engine power plants, this carbon neutral and renewable energy can be converted into electricity and heat. This replaces consumption of fossil fuels and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, the energy produced by biogas engine power plants provides an additional source of revenue for farmers.
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