15 March 2005 – German micro-cogeneration manufacturer Senertec and energy company ConocoPhillips received on 10 March 2005 COGEN Europe’s annual award for an outstanding contribution to the development of cogeneration in Europe.
Senertec’s dishwasher-sized micro-cogeneration unit on the one hand and ConocoPhillip’s huge industrial Immingham installation on the other hand represent the enormous bandwidth of environmentally friendly cogeneration applications across Europe. The awards were presented at COGEN Europe’s Annual Conference in Brussels.
Senertec, a subsidiary of Baxi Group, have won the award for producing and installing more than 10 000 of their highly efficient “Dachs” micro-cogeneration units in residential and commercial buildings across Europe. These units are built around an internal combustion engine, which produces 5.5 kilowatts of electricity and 12.5 kilowatts of heat. Through the combined generation of space heating and warm water on the one hand and electricity on the other hand they help reduce electricity costs significantly, and they decrease overall fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. With the “Dachs”, Senertec are pioneering the emerging market for micro-cogeneration appliances in Europe, which may be as big as several million installed units in the future.
ConocoPhillips European Power Limited, a division of oil major ConocoPhillips, has received the COGEN Europe award for the inauguration of Europe’s largest industrial cogeneration plant in November 2004. The new £350m ($669m) Immingham plant in North Lincolnshire has a capacity to produce 730 MW of power, similar to a large conventional power plant. It saves about 3 million tonnes of CO2 per year compared with conventional coal fired generation whilst reducing the company’s utility cost at the Humber refinery by around 30 per cent.
COGEN Europe believes that more and more highly efficient cogeneration installations, ranging from micro-sized units to large industrial applications, will be developed in Europe in the near future as the need for the efficient use of energy and for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions becomes ever more urgent. It points to the fact that the European Commission considers energy efficiency its top priority in the energy policy field and it will publish a Green Book for energy efficiency in the near future. EU Ministers for the Environment agreed on 10 March 2005 ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets of 15-30 per cent by 2020 and 60-80 per cent by 2050.