Mannheim, August 21, 2019

Cogeneration is set to play a key role in climate protection and security of supply. Especially CHP plants with flexible operation will make a sustainable, efficient contribution to the security of supply by compensating the fluctuating feed-in of renewable energies.

With their distributed power supply concept, CHP plants increase the security of supply. Whenever the power from wind and sunshine is not sufficient, they can kick in to cover the residual load. Though according to forecasts of energy experts such as the Fraunhofer Institute, the number of full load hours of the installed CHP plants is going to drop considerably compared to today, this will increase the value of the power these power plants will deliver.

During excess times, power from renewable energies can be used to provide heat using the power-to-heat components of the CHP systems. Moreover, the excess power can be used with power-to-gas technologies in order to regeneratively produce fuel for the biogas or natural gas-fired CHP plants. Thus, trigeneration plants are innovation drivers and ideal partners of renewable energies.

Gas-powered generating sets for combined heat and power plants
The product portfolio of Caterpillar Energy Solutions encompasses gas-fueled gensets for MWM and Cat cogeneration power plants (CHP), which are produced in Mannheim, Germany, and in Lafayette, U.S, and are well established in the world market. The picture shows the range of gas engines of the Cat series produced in Mannheim.

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