Demand Rockets for Decentralised Power Generation Using Cogeneration Plants

HummelEnergie Documents International Interest in Base-Loadable Cogeneration Plants for Heat and Electricity Generation

Mar 31, 2011, 10:34 ET from HummelEnergie Systeme GmbH

NEUSS, Germany, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Power generation using nuclear fission has not yet been mastered and poses an incalculable risk to the world's population. This has been shown dramatically by recent events in Japan. Within a few days, nuclear power's role as a "bridging technology" in Germany was also called into question and the expansion of renewable energies and the increased implementation of decentralised power generation plants was announced. The rapid rethinking as regards power generation is international consensus. This is a fact that HummelEnergie Systeme GmbH (HES) in Neuss, Germany can confirm. As a manufacturer and operator of biogenic cogeneration plants, the company has recorded rocketing demand from Asia and North and South America since last week.

"Our customers are looking for alternatives for the economic generation of large amounts of energy. They are also looking for an alternative that is decentralised, base-loadable and environmentally-friendly if possible," says Managing Director, Stefan Ofcarek. Often overlooked by energy companies and politicians, functioning solutions to these requirements have existed for several years. One of these is in the town of Neuss in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and works 24 hours a day on HES' company premises. The world's first base-loadable, carbon-neutral cogeneration plant. Constructed modularly, the 30 cogeneration plants, which are housed in soundproofed ISO containers, are interlinked in such a way that they generate 12 megawatts (MW) of electricity for 25,000 four person households without interruption. The thermal energy produced as a result - also 12 MW - is coupled, i.e. also utilised (this is known as combined heat and power, or CHP for short) and supplies a connected local heating network. The fuel used for this in Neuss comprises exclusively renewable raw materials. Furthermore, by using a highly efficient emission purification system the plants are below all limits currently set by international emissions regulations.

"With our cogeneration plants, we are pursuing a highly efficient, environmentally-friendly and, above all, adaptable energy concept: one that functions whether the fuel used is diesel, natural gas or vegetable oil, or whether the motor used is 50 or 5,000 kilowatts. What counts in the end is a sustainable and suitable energy infrastructure solution", explains Ofcarek. Whether self-sufficient power generation for a mountain village, refrigeration and air-conditioning for a hotel complex, water treatment for coastal dwellers or the provision of reserve energy for wind and solar plants, the potential applications for cogeneration plants could not be greater.

"This appears to have already happened in other countries", continues Ofcarek. "We would welcome it if the German government were to finally actively implement the goals it has has set itself with the sustainable promotion of renewable energies and decentralised energy generation using cogeneration plants. The technology works perfectly, base-loading can be achieved without any problems and there is evidence that electricity bottlenecks caused by the implementation of renewable energies have been improved. It is now simply a question of the desire for real change."

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