Italy: Biogas Repowering Project AB Orders 115 Jenbacher Biogas Engines
GE’s Distributed Power business announced that the Italian company AB has purchased 115 of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher Type 3 and Type 4 biogas engines.
Brescia/Italy – The combined heat, power and biogas project developer will offer the units to agricultural sector customers as a cost-effective alternative to upgrading existing engines at their sites.
Following a 2012 boom in agricultural biogas projects driven by government incentives, industry demand for new biogas development began to slow down. In response to this industry development, the company started its new service strategy to provide agricultural customers with a cost-effective option to repower their existing biogas energy facilities.
“We purchased the 115 Jenbacher biogas engines from GE to provide an attractive and reliable service option to our customers in Italy during the minor overhauls for their installed gas engines,” said Angelo Baronchelli, AB’s president. “Instead of overhauling a customer’s installed engine on-site, potentially causing several costly days of downtime, we now have the ability to immediately provide an alternative solution to replace the existing engine with a new ‘premium long block’ powered by one our latest Jenbacher units.”
AB ordered 115 of GE’s Jenbacher J312, J316, J320 and J416 gas engines. The engines will supply a combined 115-megawatts (MW) of renewable energy. All of the 115 units will be delivered by GE’s Overhaul Technology Center for Jenbacher gas engines in Austria, where GE’s Distributed Power business also is headquartered.
Overall, the Italian project developer now owns approx. 1,100 Jenbacher engines that are being used for various on-site power projects.