• Leading International Cheese Manufacturer Relies on Jenbacher Combined Heat and Power (CHP) System to Supply Power to Its Plant Near Coburg, Germany 
  • Flexible Jenbacher CHP System can be Used Both in Island Mode and in Network-Parallel Mode 
  • Project Boasts All Factors of the “Magic Triangle”: Increased Energy-Supply Security, Significant Improvement of the Eco-Balance, and Improved Operating Efficiency 

JENBACH, AUSTRIA — October 18, 2018 — As part of a major customer event at the Distributed Power business headquarters in Jenbach, the 20,000th Jenbacher gas engine was ceremonially handed over to Ludwig Weiss, the director of Milchwerke Oberfranken — one of the leading international manufacturers of cheese specialties. Celebrations took place yesterday afternoon. Among the guests were the mayor of Jenbach, Dietmar Wallner, numerous employees and customers of the engine specialist, as well as media representatives and students from the nearby universities and technical colleges. 

In addition to the order for a natural gas-powered Jenbacher J612 gas engine, which includes a control system, Milchwerke Oberfranken also signed a 10-year service contract. Energas BHKW GmbH, the authorized channel partner of the Distributed Power business in Southern Germany, handled the order. The commissioning of the combined heat and power (CHP) plant system at one of the leading international manufacturers of cheese specialties is planned for the beginning of 2019. 

Green gas engine as bridge to a greener energy future 

The CHP system is used to generate power, heat and steam as well as hot water for pasteurization at the company’s site in Wiesenfeld near Coburg, approximately 120 kilometers north of Nuremberg, Germany. Due to its broad use, the plant achieves an overall efficiency of around 86 percent. The electrical output is 2 megawatt (MW) and the thermal output is 1.8 MW. This corresponds to the power consumption of almost 4,000 and heat consumption of 1,500 average German households. With annual savings of 4,000 metric tons of CO2, the Jenbacher CHP plant at the Milchwerke Oberfranken will make an important contribution to achieving the Federal Government’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels. 

Additionally, the Jenbacher CHP plant is characterized by its high flexibility. It can either run on an island-mode basis and supply the dairy facility with energy independently or it can be operated in grid-parallel mode. If the CHP system delivers more energy than is needed on-site, it is fed into the public grid. 

“With our technology, we are creating a bridge to a greener energy future for Germany. One example of this is our 20,000th Jenbacher engine, which as part of a combined heat and power plant, does more than just ensure the energy supply of the Milchwerke Oberfranken facility. It also helps our customers to increase their profitability and at the same time improve their eco-balance due to significant CO2 savings,” explains Norbert Hetebrüg, executive director sales Europe of GE’s Distributed Power business.