GE and RheinEnergie have inaugurated the newly constructed Köln-Niehl combined-cycle heat and power (CHP) plant in Cologne, Germany. The plant is capable of producing 453 MW of electrical power and about 265 MW of heating capacity.
RheinEnergie commissioned GE to construct the plant at the end of 2012. GE created a digital model of the plant during the permitting phase, ensuring that power island modules were designed to fit. GE’s AdvantEDGE power island design, which utilizes pre-fab plant modules, made the turnkey project quicker to construct than it would otherwise have been. The modular design allowed GE to build the plant between existing infrastructure and adjacent to an existing plant already in operation.
“GE is thrilled to hand over this highly-efficient combined heat and power plant that will help support Germany´s energy transition,” said Alf-Henryk Wulf, CEO GE Power AG, Germany. “We were also very pleased to utilize our unique modular design capabilities to navigate the complex construction site for this innovative new facility and bring it online, on time.”
By utilizing the exhaust energy from the gas turbine, CHP systems can exceed 80 percent efficiency, making CHP one of the most energy-efficient methods of power generation.