Clarke to install cogeneration at Australian university

Clarke Energy has been awarded the contract to design and construct a turnkey cogeneration plant at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.

It is expected that the university can achieve 25% reduction in energy consumption through installation of the system.

Clarke Energy will engineer, install and maintain cogeneration plant utilising one of GE Power & Water’s Jenbacher gas engines at the site, which is the country’s largest provider of distance education.

The new facility will reduce the energy imported from the grid while offsetting heat loads from existing dedicated boilers.


The GE Jenbacher J312 containerised gas engine produces up to 637kWe of electrical output and achieves a total efficiency of close to 80%.

In addition, 705kWt of recovered thermal energy will be delivered to the existing campus hot water network as hot water at 95à‚°C. This will supplement of CSU’s existing gas fired boilers and reduce the overall energy consumption for the campus.

The Jenbacher engines will be packaged in a pre-engineered ‘plug-and-play’ containerised cogeneration module which includes all of the required ancillary components. This factory tested and pre-commissioned package is a cost effective solution minimizes the time required for onsite assembly and commissioning.

The cogeneration plant will be installed within an existing boiler house which previously housed two coal fired boilers. Clarke Energy will integrate the new plant with existing services including fuel gas supply and hot water reticulation.

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