Innio to supply gas engines for microgrid project in Finland

3 April 2019 (Last Updated April 3rd, 2019 15:19)

Austrian company Innio has secured a contract to supply six Jenbacher gas engines for the Lemene microgrid project in Finland.

Innio to supply gas engines for microgrid project in Finland
Innio will supply six Jenbacher gas engines for the LEMENE microgrid project in Finland. Credit: Business Wire.

Austrian company Innio has secured a contract to supply six Jenbacher gas engines for the Lemene microgrid project in Finland.

The project will support the Finnish government’s objective to source 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.

Innio will supply three Jenbacher J416 and three Jenbacher J420 CHP units, which will run on natural gas or biomethane, making the gas engine a CHP carbon-neutral solution. The six gas engines will have a total capacity of 8.1MW.

Located in the Marjamäki industrial area in Lempäälä, the project will become Finland’s largest energy self-sufficient business district using renewable energy.

The six Jenbacher engines will be installed at four locations and will be linked with solar plants, fuel cells and a battery storage system to a microgrid system.

“The Lemene microgrid project is a unique and independent energy self-supporting plant that is an example of the future of power generation.”

The entire system is expected to be commissioned by the summer of 2019. Heat generated from the gas engines will be used for the local district heating network.

Innio president and CEO Carlos Lange said: “Our Jenbacher Type 4 gas engines are energy-efficient options to generate electricity and utilize waste heat while reducing CO2 emissions with high reliability and availability.

“The Lemene microgrid project is a unique and independent energy self-supporting plant that is an example of the future of power generation.

“With the growing biomethane availability, more and more of our gas engines are becoming a source for renewable, dispatchable power generation.”

The Lemene microgrid will feature a 130KW fuel cell solution and a battery to maintain a stable power supply during temporary fluctuations in energy production. It is operated by Lempäälän Energia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lempäälän Lämpö.