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CoGen Plants Get Upgrades to Improve Efficiency

GEframeG8gasturbineAging cogeneration plants in Europe are getting upgrades that are aimed at improving efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. As an example, Galp Energia’s Matosinhos Cogeneration Plant near Porto, Portugal, has selected GE’s two Frame 6B gas turbines to replace older oil-fired technology, which is expected to prevent the emissions of more than 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

The new gas turbines will increase the plant’s efficiency and help the company meet the government’s regulations to promote efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, reports TMCnet.com.

The gas turbines also are expected to provide all of the steam requirements for the company’s nearby refinery and enable Galp Energia to produce electricity and sell it to Portugal’s national grid.

Similarly, E.ON’s cogeneration plant in Örebro, Sweden, is upgrading its older equipment. The company has installed an electronic displacer and a Rosemount 5301 guided wave radar (GWR) level sensor in parallel with the old pneumatic displacer, reports POWER-GEN Worldwide. It is part of a test trial of the GWR level sensor from Emerson Process Management.

The cogeneration plant, which was built in the early 1960s, uses two large condensers to produce electricity and hot water for district heating. Testing will continue for an additional 12 months or until there is enough data to support the replacement of the existing pneumatic system.

Thanks to an updated industrial heat map UK companies can now identify locations where combined heat and power (CHP), renewable heat plants and district heating would have the largest positive environmental impact, while providing the most significant technical and economic potential, reports POWER-GEN Worldwide.

The interactive heat map, updated by UK energy and climate change consultancy AEA, shows the heat demand within the UK across various sectors.

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