Belgian greenhouse gets more than 100% return with new HSK78G gas generator installation
With the installation of Cummins’ newly released HSK78G gas generator series, a greenhouse in Belgium is getting more than a total return on investment.
Varegro, in Oostrozebeke, a small town in the province of West Flanders, has already been using the Cummins QSV91G gas generator series in their premises, and selected the new HSK78G to replace the existing generator installation and support the additional power requirements. Pricing, along with previous experience with Cummins offering complete aftermarket and sales/service support, were the main factors behind the customer’s choice to continue powering their greenhouse operations with Cummins.
The HSK78G generator installed offers 2 MW and an electrical efficiency of 44.2%, which leads to greater fuel savings by turning waste heat into productive energy. In this application, its total return is greater than 100%. The customer can use this reliable power source to flexibly meet their own energy needs – specifically, the electricity produced can be used for its lighting, CO2 and hot water.
Thanks to its heat buffer, the customer can also influence the variable energy market and support the grid network. The generator is self-managed, which implies that it has a higher tolerance toward variable natural gas fuel qualities and resistance to any external environmental factors. As a result, the benefits of cogeneration will be even greater for the customer, providing higher efficiency compared to former installations. The surplus of the electricity being produced is sold back to the grid network, offering greater financial savings for the company. Upon the completion of the installation, the exhaust gas has been measured frequently to make sure that the generator’s service life is longer.
Cummins is supporting the project’s full maintenance. Thanks to highly qualified technicians and specialists working on a 24/7 basis, the installation runs continuously with limited downtime, which further increases the total profitability of the installation.
“Cummins provided a custom-made gas solution to offer maximum efficiency with the greatest possible cost savings to the customer,” said Stefan DeWit, Project Manager - Cummins Power Generation.
Find out more on the HSK78G generator series here.
To find out more about Cummins cogeneration power solutions, visit cummins.com/cogeneration.