Success story for Ukraine’s first biogas cogeneration plant

Near Kiev, Ukraine, the country’s first biogas cogeneration plant at the Ukrainian Milk Company has been operating successfully for nine months.

Converting the manure from 4,000 cows into biogas, the plant employs a Jenbacher gas engine manufactured by GE Energy, a company serving the energy sector by developing and deploying technology that makes efficient use of natural resources.

The plant produces 686kW of thermal energy and 625kW of electricity, with any excess power sold to the grid.

GE’s JMC 312 containerised cogeneration model gas engine has the ability to reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by 18,000 tonnes a year by replacing the equivalent of 1.2 million m3 of natural gas annually.

‘The disposal and treatment of biological waste represents a major challenge for the waste industry,’ says Prady Iyyanki, CEO of GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engine division. ‘Our Jenbacher biogas-fuelled gas engines improve waste management while maximising the use of cow manure, an economical energy supply.’

He continues: ‘We are pleased that our technology is a part of the first biogas plant in operation in the Ukraine and applaud the region for seeking new renewable and alternative ways to create cleaner energy.’

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