GE Jenbacher Cogeneration Systems Providing Olympic Power: GE Energy has been awarded the contract to supply its Jenbacher cogeneration technology to power two natural gas and biomass-fueled energy centers being built in London’s Olympic Park and Stratford City development. The centers will provide power and heating and cooling systems for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and for new buildings and communities that will develop after 2012.

The 10 MW project will have the potential to power 20,000 homes and is considered a cornerstone of London 2012’s goals to increase the use of alternative energy, water conservation and recycling strategies to minimize the envrionmental impact of the Games.

The first energy center, featuring two Jenbacher 2.2 MW natural gas congeneration modules, is being built in the Stratford City development area and will support Olympic Park activities as well as commercial redevelopment activities in East London. The second plant, at Kings Yard on the western end of Olympic Park, will be fitted with one 3.3 MW Jenbacher cogeneration module to help generate thermal power for the Aquatics Center swimming pools and other venues via the Olympic Park’s district heating network.

Combined heat and power (CHP) technology is more energy efficient than using separate electrical and thermal power systems and thus helps reduce CO2 emissions from power generation. The CHP plants will help the Olympic Delivery Authority reach its target of a 20% reduction in C02 emissions through use of renewable and alternative energy sources compared to traditional heating, cooling and power generation equipment. After the Games end, the energy centers at Kings Yard and Stratford City will then be used to support future commercial development in East London for at least 40 years.

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