Climate Policy

Engine Power Plants – A cost-efficient solution to support the energy transition

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. In this new context, Europe has to invest in energy efficient technologies using the potential of renewable energy sources like wind, sun and biomass but also of gas - the cleanest fossil fuel.

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. Biogas is produced through anaerobic fermentation of organic materials like liquid manure, solid dung or corn silage. It represents a carbon neutral and renewable energy which is locally available and provide an additional revenue to farmers. Thanks to the energy produced by engine power plants running on biogas, consumption of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

Energy efficiency has become a strategic issue for all energy consumers. For locations using both electricity and thermal energy like in swimming pools, hospitals or shopping centres, combined heat and power (CHP) power plants, also known as cogeneration power plants, are an optimal solution. Thanks to the simultaneous production and use of both electricity and heat, an exceptional energy efficiency of up to 95% may be achieved, which means up to 40% energy savings and very significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Beyond cogeneration, trigeneration (combined heat, power and cooling) and quadgeneration (recovery of carbon dioxide from the exhaust gas) offers very interesting opportunities for today’s and tomorrow’s users’ needs. These cost-efficient and environmental-friendly solutions are also a way to provide decentralized energy and to avoid the costly development of high-voltage power transmission lines.

Engine power plants are also 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. Thanks to their responsiveness, very fast starting and ramping capabilities, engine power plants are highly flexible. They are perfectly well-suited to react as quickly as required by an unexpected increase of power demand or changes in weather conditions leading to a decrease of the power supplied by intermittent renewable energy sources (intermittency & flexibility challenges). Unlike traditional power plants including nuclear and coal power plants but also gas turbines, engine power plants are able to adjust power production within minutes without causing higher costs of maintenance: they are made to make up for variations.

Finally, thanks to their very fast availability, engine power plants only run when really needed, avoiding unnecessary emissions in idle or minimum-load mode. Engine power plants are thus a very useful technology to help decarbonising Europe’s energy production.

EUGINE is raising awareness of engine power plants’ key features in the fight against climate change.

07.07.2017

Successful first European Engine Power Plant Forum organised by EUGINE and CIMAC

Flexible gas engine power plants are an important element for the energy transition

Successful first European Engine Power Plant Forum organised by EUGINE and CIMAC

The energy transition will lead to a smart combination of renewable energy sources with storage technology...more >

07.07.2017

Position paper - Clean energy for all Europeans

Clean energy for all Europeans (2/3)
Governance regulation & RED II
Fostering renewables & flexibility solutions


EUGINE welcomes the European Commission’s legislative proposals aiming at further developing the various types of renewable energies and at meeting the EU targets through a consistent governance....more >

11.04.2017

Position paper - Clean energy for all Europeans

Clean energy for all Europeans (1/2)
Shaping a supportive market design

The market design proposals represent a unique tool and opportunity for EU decision-makers to both make the Energy Union happen and help Europe meet its climate and energy targets for 2030,...more >

17.02.2017

Have a look at the EUGINE video on Power-to-Gas

We have prepared a short video summarising the main messages from our Power-to-Gas-to-Power event end of last year. In short statements the panellists of this joint EUGINE-EUTurbines event explain the challenges, the solution and the way forward.

Re-electrification of green gas...more >

15.12.2016

High potential for Power-to-Gas in power generation

EUGINE and EUTurbines jointly organised a conference on 9 November to present Power-to-Gas in power generation as a promising solution to contribute to the increasing demands for flexibility in the energy system, exploring opportunities and challenges of this option. The...more >

29.06.2016

Greening Heating & Cooling with Biogas

Jointly organised by EBA and EUGINE

“Greening Heating & Cooling with Biogas” was the topic of the breakfast-discussion EUGINE organised with EBA (European Biogas Association) at the European Parliament, on 29 June. This event gathered decision-makers (Parliamentarians, European Commission, etc.) and...more >

03.12.2015

Event Flexible Gas-to-Power was a great success

Flexible ‘Gas-to-Power’ solutions
Essential for Europe’s energy transition

On the day of the first State of the Energy Union report, EUGINE, EUTurbines and GasNaturally jointly organised a conference on “Flexible Gas-to-Power Solutions” to discuss how flexible gas-powered electricity generation can contribute to...more >

14.01.2015

New EUGINE Brochure on Europe's Energy and Climate Policy

The brochure outlines EUGINE’s recommendations for the main challenges of Europe’s climate and energy policy and describes the contribution of engine power plants to a modern, efficient and environmentally sound energy generation that meets the needs of the European Union....more >