Wärtsilä will supply a 100 MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant to Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden AG in Germany. The Smart Power Generation power plant, consisting of ten Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas, is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2018. Wärtsilä’s scope covers the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), as well as a 15-year service agreement with performance guarantees. The order is included in the order book for the fourth quarter, 2016.
As part of the German climate action plan, the country has committed to increasing the share of electricity produced by CHP power plants to 25% of the total electricity production by 2025. To meet this target, the renewed CHP Act favours flexible and environmentally-friendly CHP power plants that can operate in the balancing markets, while at the same time generating heat for the community.
This new highly efficient CHP power plant, Wärtsilä’s first of this size in Germany, will provide 100 MW electrical power, and up to 96 MW of heating power to the citizens of Mainz in the heart of Europe, where the local district heating network delivers heat to about 40,000 households. The new plant can reach a total efficiency of 90 percent. It utilises fuel in the most efficient way which in turn helps to reduce emissions.
Upon completion of the power plant, the Mainz-Wiesbaden area will be undergoing a transition from a traditional power and heat generation system to a modern, agile, low-carbon system utilizing green energy assets to the full.