GE has teamed up with Gruppo AB, a CHP project developer, to supply a combination of GE’s Jenbacher gas engines and Clean Cycle waste-heat recovery modules for agricultural biogas projects throughout Europe.
GE says an increasing number of agricultural facilities are seeking to install modern CHP systems to support the European Union’s 20/20/20 initiative to generate 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020.
For the agricultural CHP project, Gruppo AB will combine the Clean Cycle modules with Jenbacher gas engines, with each package able to generate up to 999 kW of electrical power and 402 kW in thermal power.
The output of the integrated system was intentionally kept under 1 MW because the highest feed-in tariffs in Italy are for power projects that produce less than 1 MW. This allows agricultural groups using the packaged solution to make the most use of the tariffs.
The primary source of fuel for the new package is biogas, out of pig and cow manure, corn and other crops.
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