Jenbacher gas engines are set to supply three new French greenhouses with heat, carbon dioxide and power. Engineering, construction and procurement company Eiffage has contracted for three Jenbacher J624 units.
One of the engines will be installed at each of the Serres Richardière, Coge Camargues and JD Prod greenhouses and will be used for combined heat and power during the winter season—from 1 November 1 through 31 March.
The units, sold by GE distributor Clarke Energy, will collectively generate 4.5 MW, an increase on the 4.4 MW provided by previous models though occupying the same footprint.
All the engines are expected to be installed by October, with commercial operation planned for November 2016.
Wouter-Jan van der Wurff, general manager gas power generation for GE’s Distributed Power business, added: ‘Our Type 6 gas engines offer efficiency levels up to 87%, providing Eiffage with a time-independent supply of carbon dioxide (CO2) and heat through heat storage, high-quality CO2 to be used for fertilization of the plants and power to the grid at times of highest demand.’