GE Energy supplies 40 Jenbacher gas engines for German agricultural biogas 'energy park'

Its largest order of Jenbacher biogas engines for the world's largest biogas power plant, GE Energy will supply 40 high-efficiency, JMS 312 units to NAWARO Bioenergie AG for an agricultural biogas project near the Polish border. Each of GE's 500 kW Jenbacher engines is being installed in separate plants to support the new combined heat and power (CHP) bioenergy park "Klarsee," adjacent to farmland in the town of Penkun. They'll use biogas created during fermentation of agricultural waste...

Contract marks GE's largest order of Jenbacher biogas engines in the world.

JENBACH, Austria, Oct. 13, 2006 -- Representing its largest order of Jenbacher biogas engines and the largest biogas power plant in the world, GE Energy is supplying 40 high-efficiency, JMS 312 units to renewable energy developer, NAWARO Bioenergie AG, Leipzig, for an agricultural biogas project in eastern Germany, near the Polish border.

Each of GE's 500 kW Jenbacher engines is being installed in separate plants to support the new combined heat and power (CHP) bioenergy park "Klarsee," adjacent to farmland in the town of Penkun in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. GE's 40 units will utilize biogas created during the fermentation of agricultural waste, including maize, crop residues and animal manure. Residual material in the digester can be used as a valuable fertilizer.

Normally, agricultural wastes decompose gradually to create methane, a potent greenhouse gas. However, by capturing the gas and using it as fuel, less of it is free to escape into the atmosphere.

In all, GE's Jenbacher engines will provide 20 MW of electricity and 22 MW in thermal output. While the engines' electricity will be sold to the local grid, a separate, specially designed heat recovery system will deliver the engines' thermal output to an adjacent fertilizer production facility on the farmland.

"GE is very pleased to support this important biogas project, which will help Germany expand its renewable energy capacity and support the European Commission's goal to develop a more modern, more energy efficient CHP infrastructure," said Prady Iyyanki, General Manager of GE's Jenbacher gas engine business. "This milestone, 40-unit Jenbacher order will help us address our customer's pressing energy and environmental challenges."

Each biogas plant has a maximum electrical output of 500 kW. Therefore, the projects qualify under Germany's Renewable Energy Law (EEG) for "feed-in" tariffs and "CHP bonus incentives" for fully utilizing the engines' heat. Under EEG, biogas plants are guaranteed a minimum price for supplying electricity for a period of 20 years.

GE's biogas engine activities in Germany began in 1990, when the first Jenbacher biogas CHP unit to be sold in Germany began generating power. GE has delivered about 560 Jenbacher biogas-fueled gas engines worldwide, demonstrating the GE technology's quality, long life-cycle, reliability and availability.

In May 2006, GE announced its Jenbacher biogas technology -- beside its landfill and coal mine gas solutions -- had been certified as an ecomagination product. Ecomagination is GE's commitment to address challenges such as the need for cleaner, more efficient sources of energy, reduced emissions and abundant sources of clean water.

Under ecomagination, GE will invest US$1.5 billion annually in research in cleaner technologies by 2010.

Prady Iyyanki Appointed New General Manager of GE's Jenbacher Gas Engine Business

Prady Iyyanki was recently appointed as the new General Manager of GE's Jenbacher gas engine division. As General Manager, Prady Iyyanki assumes operational responsibility for GE's entire range of Jenbacher products and about 1,400 employees worldwide.

Leading the Jenbacher business marks the latest chapter in Prady Iyyanki's successful career with GE. After a three-year spell as a quality assurance engineer for General Motors, in 1997 he moved to GE Transportation in Erie, Pennsylvania, occupying a number of management positions with growing responsibilities. In 1999, he went to Bangalore, India, to build up a Global Engineering and Design Development Center for GE Transportation. Prady Iyyanki returned to Erie in 2000 to lead GE's Traction Motor Center of Excellence.

In 2001, he was promoted to P&L Services Manager for CSX. Prady Iyyanki achieved excellent financial results in his previous position as General Manager, Services for the GE90 Platform with GE Aircraft in Springdale, Ohio.

GE Energy's Jenbacher gas engine business is a leading manufacturer of gas-fueled reciprocating engines, packaged generator sets and cogeneration systems for power generation, running on either natural gas or a variety of other gases (e.g. biogas, landfill gas, coal mine gas, sewage gas, and combustible industrial waste gases).

GE Energy (www.ge.com/energy) is one of the world's leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies, with 2005 revenue of US$16.5 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy works in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels.

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Also see:
-- "GE Reports Strong Third-Quarter 2006 Financial Results with 14% EPS Growth and 12% Revenue Growth"
-- "GE Energy To Design World's Largest 60-Hertz Steam Turbines For South Korean Nuclear Project: Doosan Providing Machines Under GE Agreement"

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