German cogeneration power plant to use GE gas turbine

Stadtwerke Rosenheim’s integrated combined heat and power (CHP) facility will use General Electric’s (GE‘s) largest Jenbacher gas engine, the 9.5 MW J920 FleXtra.

The power generation facility also features an existing waste incineration plant and four previously installed Jenbacher engines—three 3.35-MW J620 engines and a 4.4 MW two-stage turbocharged J624 unit.

The upgraded cogeneration facility (36.1 MWel and 43.8 MWth) now meets about 40 percent of the electricity needs and 20 percent of the heating requirements of Rosenheim, Germany, which has more than 61,000 inhabitants.

Germany plans to shut down its remaining nuclear power plants by 2022. To replace the low-carbon baseload electricity from the nuclear plants, the government’s energy transition plan calls for increasing the use of natural gas and renewable energy as well as more energy efficiency technologies.

Installing the J920 FleXtra helps Stadtwerke Rosenheim more closely align its cogeneration plant with Germany’s goal to increase CHP power generation to 25 percent of the country’s total power supply by 2020. The natural gas-fired J920 CHP system provides electricity and thermal power (hot water) for local residents and industrial customers with a lower carbon footprint compared to conventional power plants, supporting Germany’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020.

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