GE Energy’s Jenbacher Engines Powering Chicken Waste Biogas-to-Energy Plant In China
GE Energy’s ecomagination-certified Jenbacher biogas engines have begun powering one of China’s largest chicken waste biogas-energy plants. The plant, which began operating in July, supports China’s national economic and environmental goals to increase local energy reliability and improve air and water quality. The Minhe Animal Husbandry facility’s three-megawatt (MW) chicken waste biogas power generation project is located six kilometers south of Penglai City in Shandong Province. The plant features three of GE’s 1 MW, JMS320 Jenbacher engines, which are generating electricity for the local grid.
The site’s new biogas plant features an anaerobic digester system that consumes 300 tons of manure and 500 tons of wastewater daily. The resulting digester biogas is then delivered to GE Energy’s Jenbacher engines to generate electricity for the 19,000 square-meter complex, as well as the local grid. Residual material in the digester can later be used as fertilizer.
GE Energy’s Jenbacher engines can help farm customers overcome the operational and environmental impacts of their operations. By consuming the waste in the digester to create biogas electricity, GE’s technology reduces the site’s greenhouse gas emissions and dust created by the chicken waste, which in turn helps improve regional air and water quality. The use of chicken waste digester biogas to generate onsite power also is supporting China’s national economic goals to promote the use of renewable, distributed energy technologies to improve local reliability and reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions. Backed by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the project is receiving financial support through the sale of carbon credits called Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).
One of GE’s four official Jenbacher gas engine distributors in China, Jebsen & Co Ltd. of Hong Kong, supplied the three biogas engines and engine control equipment for the Minhe Animal Husbandry Co. project. In the last year GE has expanded its Jenbacher gas engine distributor presence throughout the country and opened a new regional gas engine packaging operation at GE’s manufacturing center in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province in southeast China.