GE’s Jenbacher Cogeneration Technology Powering German Auto Factory
JENBACH, Austria -- January 22, 2013
Automobile manufacturer BMW Group has once again turned to GE’s (NYSE: GE) Gas
Engines distributed power technology by installing four Jenbacher J616
cogeneration modules at BMW’s Regensburg factory in Bavaria, Germany. The
cogeneration plant is generating 10.7 megawatts (MW) of reliable on-site power
and meeting about 30 percent of the factory’s energy needs.
In addition to generating electricity, the cogeneration plant is capturing and
utilizing 9.6 MW of engine waste heat to support the factory’s production
processes. For example, the plant will combine the engine waste heat with
existing boilers to provide heating during the winter.
The facility will have an electrical efficiency of up to 44.9 percent and a
thermal efficiency of up to 40.4 percent, with a combined efficiency of up to
GE’s ecomagination-qualified Jenbacher gas engines are ideally suited to meet
BMW’s stringent requirements for reliability, durability and efficiency. For
example, in the event of a blackout or service disruption to the national
grid, the natural gas-fueled CHP plant can continue to operate the Regensburg
factory’s emergency lights.
Since the early 1980s, Jenbacher gas engines have been providing reliable
on-site power and heat in several of the auto company’s production facilities.
In addition to supplying the Jenbacher CHP units, GE is installing piping,
cabling and a ventilation system and dismantling the factory’s old power
plant. GE also will provide services for the CHP plant under a comprehensive
“We are proud to once again use our gas engines to support a company like BMW,
which has a reputation for high-quality production,” said Karl Wetzlaymer,
general manager of gas engines for power generation—GE Power & Water. “The
Regensburg project clearly demonstrates the ability of our engines to ensure
dependable and efficient local energy supplies that enable our industrial and
trade customers to meet their production goals while also keeping their costs
“The project illustrates the increased demand that GE is seeing for its
fuel-flexible gas engines to help industrial and municipal customers
throughout Europe generate their own on-site power and heat to meet their
increasingly stringent environmental and energy efficiency goals,” Wetzlmayer
The Regensburg factory CHP plant project is the latest BMW facility to utilize
GE’s Jenbacher gas engines for reliable on-site power during the past four
BMW plant Steyr Leipzig Landshut Regensburg
Jenbacher engines 4 x J420 1 x J620 2 x J420 4 x J616
Total electrical 5.6 MW 3.0 MW 2.8 MW 10.7 MW
Total thermal 6.1 MW 3.12 MW 2.75 MW 9.6 MW
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