Calling it “Europe’s most modern power station,” local officials celebrated the launch of a gas-engine based combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Kiel, Germany in December 2019.
The plant is powered by 20 Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engines.
The facility of German municipal utility Stadtwerke Kiel is on the eastern shore of the Kieler Förde. In total, the 20 Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engines provide a total electrical output of 190 MW and a thermal output of 192 MW. The plant supplies over 73 000 households and facilities in Kiel with district heating. Additionally, the electric power generated feeds into Kiel’s 110-kilovolt power grid, which supplies electricity both to households in the state capital and some of the surrounding municipalities. Excess energy is passed on to the upstream power grid.
The facility replaces a 323 MW coal-fired power station from the 1970ies as the German government moves to reduce carbon emissions across the electricity sector.
Two critical pillars of the government’s plan for a cleaner electricity sector include increasing the adoption of renewable energy and eliminating coal-fired power plants. In fact, German federal officials and governors of affected states recently agreed on a path to shut down coal-powered plants. Reviews will be carried out in 2026 and 2029 to determine whether Germany can exit coal-fired electricity generation in 2035. Germany currently gets more than a third of its electricity from burning coal.