Turning biogas into heat and power.
These days everyone is talking about sustainable energy, but actions speak louder than words. Using biogas from the fermentation of organic waste, Jenbacher engines can create heat and power as a reliable energy source to power your business today, tomorrow, and in the future.
With the phase-out of coal and nuclear power, centralized electricity producers often are replacing larger plants with a number of smaller, decentralized wind energy and photo-voltaic plants that provide power and heat where it is needed. There’s a downside, though: fluctuations in electricity production due to volatility of renewable energy sources. To avoid blackouts, the missing electricity must be generated through other available sources, quickly. That’s where another renewable energy source, biogas, comes into play—as a complement to these volatile, weather-dependent energy sources.
Instead of producing waste that creates emissions, organic waste—also called biomass—can be used as a valuable energy source when turned into biogas. And the use of biogas to fuel engines as a substitute for fossil fuels is on the rise across the energy market. That’s because this renewable energy source complements other renewable energy sources such as wind and solar–with one big difference. It’s not dependent on the weather!
Jenbacher offers flexible, innovative, and proven combined heat and power (CHP) solutions that turn biomass into power and heat. With a wealth of experience in biogas applications, Jenbacher also is a global technology leader when it comes to engine-based power generation and waste heat recovery solutions including CHP.
The Jenbacher solution
Jenbacher biogas generator sets are widely used by farmers and industrial users across the globe. Onsite biogas power plants can be used by businesses to supply their own electricity and heat needs, or biogas gensets can produce electricity for future off-take to the grid.
Biogas power generators can be installed inside buildings or also can be supplied as ready-to-use biogas power plant solutions in a container.
The process of biogas generation is divided into three steps: Preparation of the bio-input, fermentation, and post-treatment of the residual material. At the start, the organic material is collected in a primary pit, sterilized to remove harmful germs in case of food waste and moved to the digester. The biogas produced in the digester is collected in a gas storage tank to ensure a continuous supply of gas, independent of fluctuations in the gas production. Finally, the biogas is fed into a biogas engine. For safety reasons, the installation of a gas flare is recommended so that excess gas can be burned off in the event of excessive gas production.
An investment in INNIO’s Jenbacher cogeneration technology lets you realize impressive economic and ecological benefits when using biogas for power generation:
- Highly efficient for combined onsite power and heat generation with biogas (biogas CHP).
- Ready-to-use biogas power plant solutions in containers.
- A green waste-to-energy/waste-to-power application decreases your business’ carbon footprint.
- An alternative disposal of dung, liquid manure and biowaste, while simultaneously harnessing energy—a valuable substitute for conventional fuels.
A proven concept
Jenbacher has delivered more than 6,000 biogas engines that can generate a total electrical output of green energy of approximately 5.5 GW. Our delivered biogas-fueled fleet has the potential of an annual production of 44 TWh of electricity. This amount of energy can deliver annual average electricity for around 11.7 million EU homes.
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Resources & Downloads
Biogas Brochure (DE)GermanBiogas Brochure (DE)
Biogas Brochure (EN)EnglishBiogas Brochure (EN)
Case Study Heslerhof (EN)EnglishCase Study Heslerhof (EN)
Bad SäckingenEnglishCase Study Bad Säckingen (EN)
Case Study Nakornrachasrima (EN)EnglishCase Study Nakornrachasrima (EN)
Case Study Hefei (EN)EnglishCase Study Hefei (EN)
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