AB orders 115 biogas engines from GE
GE’s distributed power business recently announced that AB, a leading Italian combined-heat-and-power and biogas project developer, has purchased 115 of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher Type 3 and Type 4 biogas engines.
The company will offer the engines, which have a combined capacity of 115 MW, to its agricultural sector customers in Italy as an alternative to upgrading existing engines at their sites.
“We purchased the 115 Jenbacher biogas engines from GE to provide an attractive and reliable service option to our customers in Italy during the minor overhauls for their installed gas engines,” said Angelo Baronchelli, the President of AB.
“Instead of overhauling a customer’s installed engine on-site, potentially causing several costly days of downtime, we now have the ability to immediately provide an alternative solution to replace the existing engine with a new ‘premium long block’ powered by one our latest Jenbacher units.”
To avoid extended downtime, AB will replace a customer’s installed engine with a Jenbacher unit when it comes time for maintenance. The operator’s original engine will then be repaired at AB’s Orzinuovi site and returned to service during the next engine overhaul.
Installing a Jenbacher J320 long block engine under the replacement program will offer an agricultural biogas plant operator approximately €600,000 in additional income over 15 years.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.