Volkswagen’s Shanghai plant powered by CHP

SAIC Volkswagen,à‚ a joint venture between Chinese SAIC and German Volkswagen Group, has unveiled a combined heat and power system which is being deployed at its Number 3 car plant in Shanghai, China.

Begun in April 2015, it is capable of providing 26,000 kilowatt of electricity and 60 tonnes of steam per hour.
Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO MAN Diesel & Turbo and Dr. Christian Vollmer, Leiter Produktion Anting Car Park SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Company Ltd.
With the capacity to produce more than 130,000 megawatt-hours annually, the system can meet the electricity demands of the CPA3 and EPA2 platforms, and at the same time produce 60 tonnes of steam per hour, which is enough to cope with the general steam load of the company’s Anting manufacturing base in summer, and also in winter if the contribution of the gas boiler is counted in.

It will provide most of power and steam needed at the No 3 car plant at Anting, where the last coal-fuelled furnaces were replaced with clean energy generators from late 2015.

The new system reduces the plant’s CO2 emissions by 59,308 tonnes.

Attending the ceremony were Prof. Jochen Heizmann, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, and Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo.

The plant also marks the first market entry of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s latest gas turbine series in China. Each of the four turbine sets delivers electrical power by driving a generator. Additional use of the waste heat for producing process steam increases the plant’s overall efficiency to more than 80 percent. The steam is used at the production works of the Volkswagen Joint Venture in China.

“We are elated to be involved in this project,” said Dr. Lauber after the ceremony. “Today, we have inaugurated a gas-fired power plant that covers almost 25 per cent of the energy needs of one of the biggest car production sites in the country, which is low in greenhouse gas emissions and utilises more than 80 percent of the invested fuel energy. Now that the Chinese government has set ambitious goals to reduce the country’s carbon footprint, our gas turbines and engine technology can help to reach these goals and reduce CO2 emissions.”

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