CHP plant in Kiel ‘Most Modern’ Power Station in Europe operates with Vestas Aircoil a/s charge air coolers

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.

Two CHP Plants in Germany will be equipped with Vestas Aircoil a/s coolers

The city of Chemnitz and the energy service provider Eins Energie in Sachsen will set up two new CHP plants. The two plants, MHKW Nord and Altchemnitz, will be operated with seven and five MAN gas engines of type 20V35/44G TS respectively, each with an electrical output of 12.6 MW. The new CHP plants will supply the city with just under 150 MW of electricity and over 130 MW of thermal output.

Vestas Aircoil a/s and MAN Energy Solutions have developed the charge air cooler family for the 35/44 engine series.

With this project, the CO2 output reduced to around 60% – this corresponds to the emissions of around 260 000 passenger cars.

The MAN 20V35/44G TS engines are among the most efficient engines worldwide. The MHKW Nord plant is being constructed on the site of the previous lignite-powered Nord I power plant, which was demolished in 2004. The photovoltaic system that had been operated on the site since then has already been transferred to a new location. The second CHP plant will supplement the heating boiler system at the Altchemnitz heating plant, which is also powered by natural gas and was upgraded in July.

The new power plants are set to commence operations in 2022.

Marintec 2019

Thank you for all our visitors who attended our stand at Marintec China (Shanghai). 

Great experience meeting old and new friends including customers, suppliers and agents.  

Vestas looks forward to continuing our support and friendship into the new decade and we will be seeing you again at Marintec 2021.       

Vestas Aircoil at Marintec – 2019

Vestas Aircoil will be exhibiting at Marintec!

come see us at stand N1C7A-02 from the 3rd to the 6th of December!


Vestas aircoil supplies coolers for fast cargo/passenger ferry

Australian shipbuilders Austal and Incat Tasmania have ordered a total of eight MAN 16V28/33D STC engines in which Vestas supply Charge air coolers for.

Austal and Incat Tasmania are building the world’s fastest, efficient, environmentally clean, high speed ships. For the new project they have purchased the engines with the hope to build one fast ferry at each shipyard in Trinidad and Tobago.

Each vessel will be powered by four MAN 16V28/33D STC units this will help to provide high-speed passenger and vehicle operations on the Seabridge between both the islands.

The Austal vessel will be 94 m long and designed to carry 926 passengers and 250 cars at high speeds. The ship will be built in Austal’s new shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam.

Incat’s 100-m Vessel will be a new fast cargo/passenger ferry with the ability to cater for 1000 people and will carry 239 cars or a combination of trucks and cars. Incat will build the vessel at its shipyard in Tasmania, Australia.

Vestas aircoil a/s joined 11th Dessau GAS ENGINE CONFERENCE

A team from Vestas aircoil a/s joined the 11th Dessau Gas Engine Conference on 11.+12. April 2019. The conference has been taking place once every two years since 1999.
It is one of the leading conferences in the world for gas engines and welcomes more than 300 experts from all over the world.
At the conference, which is held over two days, well-known authors from the field of science and research in the engine and engine supplier industry present the latest findings, trends and pioneering visions in their field.
The two-day programme gives participants the opportunity to exchange views and opinions and network with fellow colleagues and experts. The event programme is accompanied by a trade exhibition showcasing the latest technologies and developments. New approaches to increase engine efficiencies with lower emissions as well as further steps for the sustainable energy generation by means of modern gas engines were the focus of this year’s Gas Engine Conference.

New distributor for UAE

We are please to announce the appointment of Nestor Marine DMCC as the newest part of our global structure.

The new venture is in conjunction with a time served supplier to the marine industry with new offices in the JLT part of Dubai. The local office is headed by Ms Neethu Varghese with the support of an international team behind her.

With manufacturing in Europe and in the Far East, we are jointly placed perfectly to service the growing number of vessels managed in Dubai and the wider region.


Powering the Middle East

Shuaibah Water & Electricity Company (SWEC) uses Gardner Denver’s revolutionary new CompAir Ultima compressors, which in turn use Vestas aircoil intercoolers.

Generating 1,200 MW of electricity and 800,000 m3/d of water every day, the facility is one of the largest independent water and power plants in the world, supplying to cities including Makkah, Jeddah, Taif and Al-Baha

Vestas aircoil’s long-term partnership with Gardner Denver for the development of cooling across their range of compressors, means that Vestas aircoil equipment is in place globally; where ever power is needed.

Vestas aircoil makes the news!!

In November 2018, Vestas aircoil was selected for a national news feature on modern efficient manufacturing in Denmark.

Click on the icon below to see the news item and meet some of our team!

Aftermarket success in Japan


The Japanese market is traditionally hard to enter. In recent years Vestas aircoil has been successful with Japanese engine builders for “OEM”, but selling to Japanese ship owners is an altogether different matter. There are cultural and logistical issues to overcome, especially when it is our factory in China carrying out the manufacturing.

Our newly appointed distributor in Japan, Fukuno Internatioinal Ltd are at the heart of our success, and we thank them here formally.

The 20 years of trying refers to our long standing search for the right partner and the right conditions. Now we started!