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Frankfurt CHP plant switches from lignite to hydrogen-ready gas engines

By District Energy posted 03-24-2022 06:37


Power Engineering International


MAN Energy Solutions has commissioned a new municipal combined heat and power gas power plant in Frankfurt, Germany.

The 60 million Euro ($66 million) Stadtwerke Frankfurt plant is powered by five MAN 20V35/44G gas engines, which will provide 51MW of electrical energy and 50MW of district heating.

MAN has also installed a 20MW hot-water boiler, increasing the plant’s thermal capacity to 70MW.

The new gas-engine power plant will replace a soon-to-be-retired CHP plant, which has supplied electricity to around 33,000 residential and commercial customers since 1997.

Previously, this plant was operated with both lignite and natural gas, however, the new facility will operate on natural gas only and in the future could utilise green hydrogen blends to further reduce emissions.

“Through introducing this new plant, we will save up to 50,000 metric tons of CO2 annually in the future, thus ensuring the environmentally-friendly supply of heat and electricity to the Frankfurt region,” said Torsten Röglin, Managing Director of Stadtwerke Frankfurt.

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