How to choose the right equipment for generating electricity?
Power generation technologies are constantly evolving, becoming more affordable and reliable. Many people are thinking about energy independence and efficiency through their own power generation. What points should be considered when choosing equipment for power generation?
There are quite a few solutions that can be considered for power generation. These can be solutions based on gas engine power plants (mini-CHPs), gas turbines, wind farms, etc.
What points need to be taken into account when selecting equipment for electricity generation? What is most important?
The highest efficiency in energy production is currently demonstrated by gas-fired cogeneration units. For example, modern JENBACHER units have an electrical efficiency of up to 46.7 %, and when heat extraction is taken into account, the overall efficiency is up to 90 %.
Gas engines are used for power generation in a variety of industries, from food processing applications requiring less than 1MW to industrial segments of up to 100MW. In addition, gas engines are used in power system balancing solutions and in cogeneration mode, used as gas-fired power plants (mini-CHPs) for residential areas.
Gas engines are often compared to gas turbines or any other conventional power generation technology. Gas reciprocating power plants (Jenbacher and Waukesha) have electrical efficiency in the range of 40% – 50% and high reliability. It is important to note that Jenbacher gas engine generator sets can work in combination with other types of equipment, renewable energy sources or batteries, and this significantly increases the efficiency and flexibility of the energy solution.
We share your desire for a cost-effective, technically reliable and environmentally friendly electricity generation solution!
We recommend that you pay attention to the following factors when comparing different technologies:
The benefits of in-house generation
- Reduced energy-related operating costs. When energy is produced at the place of its final consumption, the cost of its production is lower, compared to the cost of supplying energy by a third party through electricity and heating networks.
- Energy independence and energy efficiency. Full independence from regional power grids and, consequently, from tariff growth. No costs for construction of supply and distribution networks. The cogeneration plant is erected close to the objects. Low investment costs, possibility to regulate capacity.
- High efficiency. The overall fuel efficiency of the units is up to 90%. Generate electricity with an efficiency of 47% and together with heating it can get to up to 90%.
- Reliability. Increased power source reliability for locations with an unstable grid infrastructure and for facilities with high demands on power supply reliability.