Granarolo S.p.A. Plant Italy
Guascor, through its Italian subsidiary Guascor Italia, has finished the commissioning and start-up of the third combined heat and power (CHP) plant with its new generation Miller cycle engines, the HGM560. The plant has been built in Bologna, Italy, and can produce 2.4 MWe of total electrical power through the use of two HGM560 engines, each one producing 1.2 MWe of power.

The plant can produce more than 19 million kWh of electrical energy and 19 million kWh of thermal energy every year. The energy will be generated to satisfy the needs of the Granarolo S.p.A. plant in Bologna. Granarolo S.p.A. is a market leader in dairy production, supplying more than 30% of Italian milk production with seven milk processing plants.

The high energy efficiency of the cogeneration systems guarantees the reduction of pollutants and will permit important economic savings for the group, the company said. A second CHP power plant that uses this same technology has been running in Modena, Italy, since the beginning of summer 2010. The official inauguration was held Dec. 16.

The plant produces 3.6 MWe total (three HGM560 engines, with the power of 1.2 MWe each). In this case, the thermal energy is used to integrate a district heating network that provides heating and hot sanitary water to an entire area of Modena. The plant can produce electrical energy for the needs of more than 9000 families and, at the same time, recover thermal energy to satisfy more than 3000 families for an entire year. The first CHP power plant of 2.0 MWe and the same quantity of thermal energy (two HGM560 engines with the power of 1.0 MWe each) is in service at a food processing plant and has been running in the province of Ravenna since spring 2010.

Guascor Group is operating in renewable energy and high-efficiency cogeneration around the world. The company has been present in the Italian market since 1998 and is recognized for its activity in designing and building turnkey power plants. Guascor Italia has produced more than 170 CHP power plants that principally use natural gas and biogas.

Source: Diesel and Gas Turbines Magazine

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