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Natural Gas


Natural gas-fired power production

Natural gas is a gas which is largely composed of methane. It is extracted from underground deposits, mostly together with crude oil, and features a methane content of about 80 to 99 percent depending on the composition.  Further constituents include ethane, propane, butane and ethene as well as carbon dioxide and nitrogen.  Depending on the composition, the usable heat value varies from 9.5 to 10.5 kWh / Nm³; natural gas is therefore ideally suited as a fuel for gas engines.

Today, natural gas is one of the most important sources of energy. The demand is on the rise, and fossil resources are becoming increasingly valuable.  Rising natural gas prices and the need for sustainable conservation of the environment necessitate maximum efficiency in the transformation of energy to power, heat, and cooling.

A growing number of highly efficient power production and combined heat and power (CHP) cogeneration plants run on natural gas.

When used as a fuel in an MWM gas engine, natural gas is widely used for:

  • Gas powered generation (Electricity peak-lopping power plants)
  • Commercial sector via combined heat and power / cogeneration
  • Industrial sector via combined heat and power / cogeneration
  • Community and residential via district heating combined heat and power / cogeneration