GE to Provide Its Jenbacher Gas Engine Greenhouse Technology to Den Berk Délice

Posted On June 13th, 2018 - 10:05 am | by Oil and gas press

With Belgium’s goal to transition to 100 percent renewables by 2050, there is a stronger focus on flexibility in the power market and an increased need for small distributed power plants. Helping to meet this need, GE’s Distributed Power (NYSE: GE) business announced that it will provide three of its Jenbacher* gas engines and greenhouse balance of plant to Den Berk Délice’s greenhouses in Belgium. Through a multiyear service agreement, the gas engines also will be connected to GE’s myPlant* Asset Performance Management (APM) platform.

“For more than a decade, we have been relying on GE’s Jenbacher gas engine solutions and services to power our multiple greenhouses. Our longstanding relationship with GE continues to grow, and we rely on its proven technology and deep domain expertise. GE’s gas engines provide a bridge to renewable energy and are helping us do our part to help meet Belgium’s renewable energy goals,” said Luc Beirinckx, owner, Den Berk Délice.

“The flexibility of GE’s Jenbacher technology allows it to be activated during periods of low renewable power supply or tariff spikes, while conversely being able to be curtailed quickly during periods of high feed-ins of renewable energy or low energy prices.”

GE will provide a total of three of its Jenbacher J624, 4.5-megawatt (MW) gas engines, connected to the myPlant APM platform. One of the units was installed at Den Berk in Merksplas in November 2017, one will be installed at Den Horst in Merksplas in August, and one will be installed at Luc Beirinckx BVBA in Herentals in September.

Currently, GE has an installed base of 27 MW at Den Berk’s greenhouses, and this project will add an additional 13.5 MW of power. GE’s high-efficiency cogeneration Jenbacher gas engines will use natural gas to provide heat and power to Den Berk’s greenhouse complex and carbon dioxide (CO2) to fertilize the tomatoes plants. The result of continuous enhancements and extensive experience, GE’s Jenbacher Type 6 gas engines have a 1,500-rpm engine speed, which results in a high power density with low installation costs, and its pre-combustion chamber achieves high efficiency with low emissions.

Source / Further information : GE

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