GE deploying CHP technology to power London Olympics

GE (NYSE: GE) Energy Centres, featuring Jenbacher cogeneration units, are being used to power the London Olympics campus.

The energy centres located in London’s Stratford City and Kings Yard areas will supply 10 MW of power, heating and cooling for the games and will deliver its energy capacity to East London’s businesses and residential areas after the games conclude.
London Olympic Park

Three of GE’s (NYSE: GE) 3.3-MW ecomagination-approved Jenbacher J620 cogeneration units are powering the energy centers and generating electricity equivalent to the amount used by 24,000 average UK homes.

The London Olympic Delivery Authority built the facilities to help reach its target of a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions while meeting the city’s power needs that are expected to surge as more than 15,000 athletes and millions of spectators arrive for the games.

The energy centers are designed to operate in combined cooling, heat and power—or “trigeneration”—mode to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Chilled water is generated by absorption chillers using the high-temperature heat available from the exhaust of the unit.

Combined heat and power (CHP) technologies are more efficient than using separate electrical and thermal power systems and thus helps to reduce emissions from power generation. By using this technology, about 13,000 tons of CO2 savings can be achieved.

Simon Wright, director of infrastructure and utilities for the Olympic Delivery Authority said. “The Stratford City and Kings Yard energy centers are expected to support future commercial development in East London for at least 40 years.”

The Kings Yard facility also includes a 3-MW boiler that will be fueled with wood chip biomass to generate additional heat during the winter.

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