Producing and distributing essential services such as electricity, water, and gas to residential, commercial, and industrial consumers is vital. Bergen Engines play a crucial role in this market by providing efficient and reliable power generation. Medium-speed engines offer advantages to other solutions due to their high fuel efficiency, low emissions, and enhanced flexibility. Their robust construction and ability to handle heavy loads make them well-suited for base-load power generation and as backup power sources, ensuring uninterrupted supply and grid stability. Overall, their versatility and performance make medium-speed engines indispensable assets for the utility market, contributing to improved operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability.

Medium-Speed Technology

Utilities and independent power producers (IPPs) are tasked with developing, owning, and operating power plants around the world to meet the ever-growing demand for electricity from consumers and industries alike. In this endeavor, they are constantly on the lookout for power plant solutions that not only offer cost-effectiveness and reliability but bring additional benefits to their operations and service territories. One solution that has gained traction is the utilization of medium-speed engines, which provide enhanced flexibility, rapid start-up and shutdown capabilities, superior fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and a modular design that allows for easier scalability and customization according to specific requirements. These engines cater specifically to the diverse needs of utilities and IPPs, ensuring optimal utilization of resources while aligning with environmental sustainability goals.

Incorporating medium-speed engines into their power plant portfolios empowers utilities and IPPs to address current energy needs and future-proof their operations against changing market dynamics and regulatory frameworks. With their agility in adjusting power generation according to fluctuating demand patterns, medium-speed engines ensure grid stability and reliability. Moreover, their fuel efficiency translates to reduced operational costs, making them financially attractive options in the long run. By harnessing the benefits of this innovative technology, the Utilities market can achieve greater operational efficiency, cost savings, and environmental sustainability while ensuring reliable power supply to consumers and industries.

Providing Reliable Heat to 1400 Homes-per-engine

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In the city of Helsinge, Denmark – just north of Copenhagen – Bergen Engines installed the first 20-cylinder plant to become fully operational in 2006.

Utilizing Bergen’s B35:40V20AG lean-burn unit, Helsinge Fjernvarme operates a CHP plant to provide heat to 1,400 local homes and sells excess electricity to the national grid of Denmark. As a non-profit, the plant uses the profit of their excess electricity to reduce the price of heat charged to the local community.

When in peak operation, the engine is often started and stopped three times-per-day, a testament to the quality and reliability of Bergen Engines.

Benefits of Bergen Engines in Utilities

Our medium speed technology brings countless benefits to the utilities market and independent power producers (IPP):

  • Efficiency: Medium-speed engines are highly efficient in converting fuel into electricity, reducing operational costs and improving the overall profitability of power generation projects.
  • Flexibility: Bergen engines can operate on a wide range of fuels, including natural gas, diesel, and biofuels, providing flexibility in fuel selection based on availability, cost, and environmental considerations. Planning ahead? Visit our Sustainability page to learn more about our ongoing research in future fuels.
  • Reliability: With robust construction and proven technology, medium-speed engines offer high levels of reliability, ensuring consistent power generation to meet the demands of utilities and IPPs.
  • Fast Start-up and Load Response: Bergen Engines have quick start-up times and can rapidly adjust their output to changes in demand, making them ideal for providing grid stability and meeting peak load requirements.
  • Low Emissions: Advanced engine designs and emission control technologies enable medium-speed engines to comply with stringent environmental regulations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact.
  • Modularity: Medium-speed engines can be configured in modular units, allowing for scalable power generation solutions that can be easily expanded or downsized to match changing demand or project requirements.
  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Capability: Medium-speed engines can be integrated into CHP systems to maximize energy efficiency by simultaneously producing electricity and utilizing waste heat for heating or cooling purposes, offering additional cost savings.
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