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Best Case for Climate-Friendly, Distributed Energy Generation: Control Energy Power Plant with MWM Gas Engine in Wunsiedel Pellet Plant Supplies Region in Upper Franconia with Power

Mannheim, 25.06.2019

The new pellet plant with its connected gas cogeneration power plant of WUN Pellets GmbH in the Energy Park in Wunsiedel in the administrative district of Upper Franconia officially went live on March 15, 2019. With its control energy power plant, the pellet plant is not only exemplary in the field of distributed energy supply, but is also highly climate-friendly in terms of its mode of heat generation and energy supply.

The delivery of one of the three MWM TCG 2032B V16 gas engines (Photo: © eta Energieberatung GmbH)

Flexible Energy Supply through Local Power and Heat Conversion

The energy is locally generated in the cogeneration power plant and transformed into power and heat. Every year, about 1 million m³ of sawdust and byproducts of sawmills and the wood-processing industry from the region of Wunsiedel are being processed. This material is to be converted into about 105,000 t of wood pellets, which are to be dried with the heat from the gas-fired cogeneration plant. "105,000 t of pellets are enough to heat up to 30,000 detached houses", says Reinhold Kellner, Director of WUN Pellets GmbH. "In addition to heat, the cogeneration power plants also generate enough power to supply about 40,000 households."

Total Efficiency of up to 92 Percent

The comprehensive package also comprises SCR catalyst housings in order to make sure that the cogeneration power plant is prepared for the upcoming challenges of the energy reform. If the advancing emissions requirements make it necessary, the cogeneration power plant can be retrofitted with SCR catalysts.

In March 2019, "Energie & Management" (E&M) magazine designated the cogeneration power plant in Wunsiedel as "Cogeneration Power Plant of the Month" and as an outstanding example of the "Energy Reform Upper Franconia".

MWM's product portfolio comprises gas engines and gensets in the output range from 400 kWel to 4,500 kWel. We are thus able to set up power plants with an output of 100,000 kWel and more. The gas engines can be operated with various types of gas, such as natural gas, shale gas, mine gas, biogas, landfill gas, sewage gas, and syngas. They are designed for maximum electrical and thermal efficiency, low operating and service costs, and high reliability and availability. In this way, they reach efficiency levels of more than 90 percent.

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