GE Energy has been awarded the contract to supply its Jenbacher engine-based cogeneration technology to power two natural gas and biomass-fuelled energy centres being built for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The centres, located in the Olympic Park and Stratford City development, will provide power, heating and cooling systems for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as new buildings and communities that will develop after 2012.

The 10 MW project is a cornerstone of London 2012’s goals to increase the use of alternative energy, water conservation and recycling strategies to minimize the environmental impact of the Games.

The first energy centre, featuring two of GE Energy’s Jenbacher 3.3 MW natural gas cogeneration modules, is being built in the Stratford City development area and will support Olympic Park activities, as well as commercial redevelopment initiatives in East London.
The second plant, at Kings Yard on the western end of Olympic Park, will be fitted with one 3.3 MW GE Energy Jenbacher cogeneration module to help generate needed thermal power for the Aquatics Centre swimming pools and other venues via the Olympic Park’s district heating network. The plant also will generate electrical and thermal power for sporting venues, homes and other buildings in the area.

Both energy facilities will include boilers that use natural gas as feedstock to generate additional heat to meet peak demands. The Kings Yard facility also includes a boiler that can utilize wood chip biomass to generate heat to help meet the base demand.

After the Games end, the energy centres at Kings Yard and Stratford City will be used to support future commercial development in East London for another 40 years.