Electricity from gas powered generators
MWM is a world innovator of gas engine technology. Founded in 1821 by visionary and automotive pioneer Carl Benz, MWM continue to develop cutting-edge technology and today remain one of the leading and world renowned in the field of gas engine technology.
MWM gas engines are highly efficient at the conversion of gas into electrical power. Should there be a local need to recover the heat emitted from the electricity generation process, then Combined Heat and Power (CHP) application presents a greater return on investment.
Benefits of gas powered generation
There are numerous customer benefits of producing power using gas engines and these include:
- High efficiency
- Reduced emissions
- Reduced operational costs
- Maintain operational resilience
When connected to an alternator to produce electricity, the MWM gas engine is typically known as a generator or a genset. The generator is then connected to a site’s electrical infrastructure via an electrical circuit breaker, which is used to synchronise electrical supply and to operate in parallel to the electricity grid.
Electricity generation using gas generators are mainly used for continuous base load generation, standby peaking plants to balance the electricity grid and demand side generation.
Base load generation
Where there is a stable source of fuel, such as natural gas, biogas, or coal gas to power the generators, base load power plants produce as much power as possible from the fuel available or the station capacity and export it to the electricity grid for income generation.
Alternatively, should the power plant be isolated from the electricity grid, the electricity produced can be used to power local off-grid infrastructure through Island Mode Operation.
Peaking Plants, or peak lopping plants, are gas fuelled power plants that are designed to generate power to support and balance the fluctuating power demand within the electricity grid. Unlike base load generation, peaking plants typically operate in standby mode when not in use and are called to operate by the electricity grid when there is a demand to supply electricity. Due to their flexibility and rapid response to supply electricity, peaking plants are ideally placed to balance system stress within the electricity network.
Gas powered peaking plants provide:
- Quick availability and operational readiness
- Greener environmental credentials
- Reduced operational costs
- Cleaner and cheaper fuel
Demand side generation and CHP
Demand side generation is used when the site consumes a significant amount of power from the electricity grid.
The generation of power is used to offset the cost of importing power, but not export to the electricity grid. This is used when the price of imported power is very high due to the Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) and Distribution Use of System (DUoS) charges, typically between 4pm and 7pm on weekdays.
However, due to the increasing additional charges on importing electricity, the economics of demand side generation is such that significant hours of operation are feasible, even to continuous operation.
Furthermore, if the heat is recovered from the generator, then this too offers a greater return on investment through the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) process.
In the UK, we have installed over 300MWe worth of gas powered generation projects used for National Grid’s Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR). As part of our gas powered generation solutions, we can provide the full EPC contract, all from one point of contact, to include:
- Liaison with external bodies
- Site ground works
- Foundation, design and construction
- Building design and construction
- Power and control cabling infrastructure
- Building services fit out (lighting, power, fire alarms, etc)
- Supply of generating equipment
- Control panel and container manufacture
- Total project management
If you would like to find out more about producing electricity from gas powered generators, please contact us by email using the enquiry form below (subject field ‘Gas Generation Enquiry’) or call us at:
T: +44 (0)161 432 8833
T: +44 (0) 28 9262 2122
T: +353 (0)1 882 4800