German firm Gerresheimer Bünde GmbH, part of the Plastics & Devices Division, has commissioned its first combined heat and power plant in collaboration with the Westfalen Weser GmbH energy services company. Manufactured by Sokratherm, the 570 HP truck engine at the heart of the plant is gas operated and generates around 400 kWh of electricity and 520 kWh of heat annually.

‘The CHP is helping us to reduce our primary energy consumption and our CO2 emissions,’ explained Olaf Posteher, the energy manager responsible for the CHP at Gerresheimer Bünde. He added: ‘We can save up to 1480 t CO2 every year. That’s almost 50% of the old system’s greenhouse gas emissions.’

Feasibility studies are currently being implemented at the Bünde plant for two further CHPs that will be able to generate process steam and cooling in addition to power and heat.