• Food ingredient processing plant increases efficiency while reducing carbon emissions by more than 30%
  • On-site electricity generation pays into distributed approach
  • 1000th Siemens gas turbine delivered from production facility in Finspång, Sweden

Siemens Energy has successfully delivered two SGT-700 gas turbines for a food ingredient processing plant owned by Tate & Lyle, located in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. The two turbines will be the backbone of a new combined heat and power (CHP) operation replacing its coal-fired boilers. By generating electricity on-site and recovering heat that would typically be wasted, the new CHP operation will increase energy efficiency and substantially reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. The delivery of the SGT-700 turbines marks the 1000th delivered gas turbine from Siemens Energy’s Finspång factory.

The new CHP operation will let Tate & Lyle deliver significant environmental and economic benefits at the Lafayette South food ingredient processing facility in Indiana. The gas turbines will generate electricity and steam to power and heat the facility. The new co-generation system, with a power output of over 30 MW per unit, will replace the site’s coal-fired boiler, providing a more than 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and around a five percent reduction in water use. The order includes a long-term service agreement and follows the delivery of two SGT-700 turbines to the Tate & Lyle’s food ingredient processing plant in Loudon, Tennessee, in 2017.

Two SGT-700 gas turbines will generate power for a food ingredient processing plant owned by Tate & Lyle in Lafayette, Indiana. Courtesy: Siemens Energy

As the world enters the era of energy transition moving toward a low carbon future, distributed energy systems in general and combined heat and power (CHP) in particular are proving to be an efficient and clean approach to generating electric power as well as useful thermal energy from a single source. Mid-sized gas turbines like the SGT-700 play a big part in the energy transition because they can reduce emissions by up to half compared to coal when fueled by natural gas and are also able to burn fossil-free fuels like biogas and hydrogen if available.

For Siemens Energy, these were the 1000th and 1001st turbines delivered from the Finspång facility since it all began back in 1953 with the first turbine delivery. “We are delighted to celebrate this milestone with Tate & Lyle who are a valued customer,” said Karim Amin, Executive Vice President Generation at Siemens Energy. “Embracing the huge benefits distributed energy generation can bring, we are at an exciting point in the transformation to a sustainable energy system. Siemens Energy is prepared and ready to help customers and societies to meet their decarbonization and efficiency goals.”

“We are very pleased to be partnering with Siemens Energy to enable our Lafayette South facility to transition from coal to natural gas as its energy source”, said Travis Montoya, Lafayette South Plant Manager. “We take our responsibility to the environment very seriously and, in line with our purpose of Improving Lives for Generations, we are committed to doing more to care for the planet, including lowering our greenhouse gas emissions by using cleaner energy.”

For further information on combined heat and power, please see www.siemens.com/chp