Caterpillar Inc. today announced that Energetyka Cieplna Sp. z o.o. has signed an agreement with Cat dealer Eneria Poland to provide an integrated cogeneration system that will supply up to 8 MW of power and 7.9 MW of thermal power year-round for the municipal utility’s customers in the city of Skierniewice, Poland. The project will expand Energetyka Cieplna’s heat and power capacity to more than 100 MW.
Eneria Poland will deliver the key components of the system, which includes four Cat G3516H gas generator sets, heat recovery components, controls, silencers, and exhaust components. Scheduled to begin operating in early 2022, the new system upgrades the current district heating system, which delivers over a half million gigajoules of heat annually to more than 24,000 customers. Power will be sold to the local distribution network operator. Poland’s National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management supplied a portion of the project financing.
The new system helps to modernize the heating capabilities and improve the environmental impact of Energetyka Cieplna, which used coal for more than 97% of its district heat production in 2019. Through the cogeneration system, officials expect to reduce the heat produced from coal by about 136 gigajoules per year while decreasing annual emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 52 tons. The plant is expected to exceed 86% efficiency and was selected on the basis of several performance factors, including unit availability and total life cycle costs.
Eneria Poland will also provide ongoing support to help the managers of Energetyka Cieplna achieve the maximum long-term value from the system and focus on running their enterprise. Through a tailored customer value agreement (CVA), Eneria Poland will assume responsibility for on-site maintenance and service, which includes scheduled inspections and oil changes, technical support 24 hours a day, remote monitoring and control, dealer replacement of maintenance parts, and Cat S•O•SSM fluid analysis.
“Energetyka Cieplna has undertaken numerous initiatives to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment while continuing to serve its customers,” said Sven Buehler, territory manager for gas product sales at Caterpillar. “Caterpillar and Eneria Poland have the portfolio of advanced power solutions and deep technical expertise needed to help Energetyka Cieplna achieve its sustainability goals.”
Cogeneration Capabilities from Caterpillar
Facilities can reduce operating costs by implementing a Cat cogeneration combined heat and power (CHP) system or a cogeneration system incorporating cooling. This enables the units to simultaneously provide power for electrical loads as well as heat and cooling energy for a facility’s requirements. Any gas-fueled Cat engine can be configured to support facility processes or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) requirements.
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