Jenbacher gas engine to anchor Austrian wood-fired power plant

Austrian on-site power firm INNIO will supply one of its Jenbacher gas-fired engines for a wood power plant in Austria.

A Jenbacher J412 gas engine will be at the heart of EnergieWerk IIG GmbH’s plant. The Stöcken wood power plant is located in Dornbirn in the province of Vorarlberg.

Jenbacher J412

Stöcken was built by Syncraft three years ago. EnergieWerk is expanding it with an additional wood gasifier and the 500-kW Jenbacher J412.

“Having collaborated with INNIO Jenbacher for many years, we are happy to be able to demonstrate our forward-looking technology internationally,” says Marcel Huber, founder and managing director of SynCraft. “As wind and sun are not always available as renewable energy sources, energy generation from renewable resources like wood is an excellent addition.”

The Jenbacher gas engine has been adapted to meet the needs of wood gas and is expected to start operation by the end of the year. In addition to the power generated, the facility uses the engine’s waste heat as well as the heat emerging from the gasification process.

The INNIO release says the plant has an efficiency factor above 90 percent. Each operating hour generates about 20 kilograms of charcoal, which can used for cooking or soil fertilization, among other uses, the company said.

INNIO and SynCraft plan to collaborate on other projects in Japan and Germany, according to the report.

INNIO was created when Advent International acquired GE”s Distributed Power business last year. It includes the Jenbacher and Waukesha engine product lines.

(Rod Walton is content director for Power Engineering and POWERGEN International. He can be reached at 918-831-9177 and

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