Greenhouse complex super sizes its CHP system


Source: ENER-G

A greenhouse complex in the Netherlands is dramatically cutting both its greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs after installation of a powerful new 2MW combined heat and power (CHP) system by cogeneration specialist ENER-G (www.energ.co.uk)

Venlo-based Growery Leurs is using the top-end CHP system, which operates at 96.4% total efficiency, to provide heat combined with carbon dioxide enrichment to grow cucumbers and tomatoes across its four hectare site.

The grower will make savings of over 200,000 euros (£155,000) per year, cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by almost 3,000 tonnes per year. All of the electricity generated is sold back to the national grid.

This is the first installation by ENER-G of its new natural gas engine powered 2MW MTU unit. It comprises a 20v gas generator set with 11kV generation.

The CHP unit was assembled by sister company ENER-G Nedalo at its production site in the Netherlands.

Jurgen Bergman, director of ENER-G Nedalo, said: “This highly efficient new unit opens up exciting new opportunities for the horticultural sector and other major energy users, such as in district heating applications and industry. We are delighted by its performance at Growery Leurs and excited by its potential to contribute to major carbon abatement and cost reduction strategies across Europe and beyond.”

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