A new ultra-flexible power station in Kiel will reduce the city’s emissions by around 70%.
The innovative plant will feature 20 gas motors installed in four main blocks. These motors can go from 0% to 100% generation within only five minutes, giving the facility the unique ability to react to spikes and slumps in power demand extremely quickly.
The site, which will replace the city’s existing coal plant in 2018, will use natural gas to generate 190MW of electricity and a CHP unit to provide 192MW of heat to the city.
When heating is not required, the energy will be stored in a 30,000m³ water tank. This can then be used to supply heat to 70,000 households and businesses over an eight hour period.
The project is funded by the EU’s European Fund for Strategic Investments and the contract was won by energy firm Kraftanlagen München.
Dr. Benno Bunse, CEO of Germany Trade and Invest, the federal economic development agency, said: “An innovative solution such as this is a perfect example of how Germany’s Mittelstand (small and medium sized business sector) is pushing ever further back the boundaries of possibility when it comes to business efficiency, carbon emission reduction and intelligent solutions.”