One of the largest commercial tomato greenhouse operators in the Netherlands is to utilize a new 24-cylinder gas engine from GE Energy’s Jenbacher for combined heat and power.

Two new 4 MW Jenbacher J624 GS engines are scheduled to be delivered by the beginning of May 2008 to Royal Pride Holland’s commercial tomato greenhouse in the Netherlands as a pilot project to demonstrate the viability of the new Jenbacher ‘type 6’ engine, the world’s first 24-cylinder engine designed for power generation.

Royal Pride Holland is installing the two natural gas-fuelled units as part of a cogeneration/CO2 fertilization application to further improve tomato crop production and energy efficiency at the greenhouse.

Located in Middenmeer, 50 km north of Amsterdam, the facility currently covers 45-hectares but will expand to 102 hectares once the project is completed.

‘Royal Pride Holland has long championed the use of new technology to increase the production and quality of its commercial horticultural products for the global marketplace,’ said Frank van Kleef, Director of Royal Pride Holland.

The J624 GS is a high-speed engine with a total efficiency level of more than 85% in cogeneration mode.
The Royal Pride Holland project is scheduled for commercial start-up in September, supported by a full service maintenance agreement that will cover the units for up to 60,000 operating hours or 15 years of service.