Dutch commercial tomato greenhouse growers collective the Prominent Growers Association is to serve as a pilot customer demonstrating an increase in the performance and efficiency of on-site cogeneration plants.
Prominent consists of 26 members with 36 sprawling, high-tech greenhouse facilities that supply 20% of the country’s vine tomatoes. To meet their on-site power, heating, CO2à‚ and artificial lighting needs, Prominent’s members utilize combined heat and power (CHP) systems that produce a total of more than 150 MW. A majority of this power (up to 131 MW) is supplied by 50 of GE’s Jenbacher gas engine CHP systems.
The improved performance is to come from GE’s next-generation myPlant* 2.0 asset management tool, new software that is powered by Predix, GE’s Industrial Internet platform.
GE and Prominent expect enhanced performance and operation of the Jenbacher fleet, including the performance of the engines’ emission control systems; extending engine oil life; allowing variable power to maintain heat and CO2; and more efficiently aligning gas consumption.
‘We are excited to once again work with GE to deploy new technologies that make our greenhouse cogeneration plants run more reliably and efficiently to improve growing conditions and lower our operating costs,’ said Ferdi van Elswijk, energy manager for Prominent Growers Association in the Netherlands.
The initiative is the first project following Prominent’s renewal of its multiyear service agreement with GE’s Distributed Power business in December 2014.