Natural gas powered CHP units usually do not replace renewable energy from wind and solar power plants. They serve the specific power and heat demand of objects (e.g. hospitals, hotels, factories) or are deployed in district heating networks to balance the fluctuating renewable energies. Therefore they primarily replace the power production from conventional power plants. In combination with their high efficiency CHP units reduce the CO2 emissions by up to 60 % already when powered by natural gas.
Renewable fuels such as upgraded biogas (biomethane) and „green“ hydrogen and synthetic methane (SNG) obtained from renewable electricity, are increasingly being fed into the gas grid. In this way, a climate-neutral CHP operation is possible also with fuel from the gas grid.
Here you will can download our delivery chart for natural gas powered CHP units with all key data (outputs, efficiencies, dimensions, etc.) on one page. Of course our compact CHP modules can also be interconnected to form larger CHP plants.
As you can see in the delivery chart propane gas, several CHP unit types can also be operated with propane gas.
The cost-effective, efficient and fully climate-neutral supply of electricity and heat can only succeed by decoupling renewable energy generation and consumption in place and time. To achieve this, a broad infrastructure for synthetic „green“ gases generated from renewable power must be created. Ideally, this will involve the further development of the already existing tightly-knit gas network with ist large-scale storage facilities.
All CHP units built by us can already be operated with up to 20 % hydrogen content in the fuel without any technical adjustments or power reduction. Some series with knock control and adapted engine management can even operate with up to 40 % H2. SOKRATHERM cogeneration units are therefore „H2-READY“ today.
In addition, we will soon provide a first CHP unit with a purely hydrogen-powered combustion engine. Based on this, we will also offer retrofit kits with which existing SOKRATHERM units can be converted to pure hydrogen operation, for example, as part of a planned engine overhaul.
The sewage gas generated during the purification process in wastewater treatment plants is very similar to the biogas produced in biogas plants.
Both types of gas can be converted into heat and power in with the CHP units listed in the sewage gas / biogas delivery chart.
Of course also these modules can be combined to form larger CHP schemes or equipped for bivalent operation with natural gas or propane gas or also as an emergency power system to supplying an emergency power rail in isolated operation in the event of a mains failure.
Due to the encapsulation of the CHP units with integrated control and power section in a sound-absorbing case, they are ideally suited for installation in operational buildings.
Delivery and installation in a separate container or concrete space cell is also possible.