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Clarke Energy Providing GE’s Jenbacher Gas Engines to Eiffage to Power Three New Greenhouses in France

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016
Clarke Energy Providing GE’s Jenbacher Gas Engines to Eiffage to Power Three New Greenhouses in France

GE’s Distributed Power business today announced that it is supplying an additional three Jenbacher J624 gas engines to Eiffage, with an increased output of 4.5 megawatts (MW) (rather than the 4.4 MW provided by previous models) for three new greenhouses in France. The higher output of the machines allows Eiffage’s customers to have more power in the same footprint. The units were sold by Clarke Energy, GE’s authorized distributor of Jenbacher gas engines.

Eiffage is one of the leading engineering, construction and procurement companies in the European concessions and public works sector. Its energy business line specializes in electrical engineering, HVAC and process automation; providing comprehensive turnkey solutions including the design, construction, operation and maintenance.

“Our existing installed fleet consists of 60 of GE’s Jenbacher Type 6 gas engines and the success of this technology and Clarke Energy’s technical expertise were key reasons we chose these gas engines again for our latest greenhouse projects,” said Gilles Marguerat, agency director—energy production, Eiffage. “Through GE’s gas engine technology, we have been able to meet the growing demands of our customers and increase the performance of our facilities with a high-efficiency, cost-effective solution.”

One of GE’s Jenbacher J624 gas engines will be installed at each of the Serres Richardière, Coge Camargues and JD Prod greenhouses and will be used for combined heat and power during the winter season—from November 1 through March 31. The engines are expected to be installed by October, with commercial operation planned for November 2016.

“We have a more than 10-year relationship providing GE’s reliable and efficient Jenbacher gas engine technology for Eiffage’s customers throughout France,” said Didier Lartigue, managing director, Clarke Energy. “We are pleased to be chosen again for Eiffage’s three latest greenhouse projects, which are helping to meet the increased power needs for the country.”

As is the case of the total installed fleet, a material stream agreement (MSA) for spare parts also is part of this project. The 12-year MSA provides delivery of genuine Jenbacher gas engine spare parts for preventative maintenance based on the operating hours of the engines.

“The increased output of the J624 gas engines—from 4.4 MW to 4.5 MW—will allow Eiffage to receive more power without increasing its footprint,” said Wouter-Jan van der Wurff, general manager gas power generation for GE’s Distributed Power business. “Our Type 6 gas engines offer efficiency levels up to 87 percent, providing Eiffage with a time-independent supply of carbon dioxide (CO2) and heat through heat storage, high-quality CO2 to be used for fertilization of the plants and power to the grid at times of highest demand.”

The result of continuous enhancements and extensive experience, GE's Jenbacher Type 6 gas engines are an advanced and reliable addition to the product line. The 1,500-rpm engine speed results in a high power density with low installation costs, and its pre-combustion chamber achieves high efficiency with low emissions.

GE’s authorized distributor Clarke Energy is celebrating 1 gigawatt of installed Jenbacher gas engines this year in France.

About Clarke Energy

Clarke Energy is a leader in the engineering design, installation and long term maintenance of gas and diesel engine-based power plants. The company is authorised sales and service provider for GE’s gas engines in 17 countries. The company provides added value through engineering, installation and maintenance of facilities. Clarke Energy employs over 1000 staff and has over 5,000 MW of Jenbacher generation equipment operating in its operational areas.

About GE’s Distributed Power business

GE’s Distributed Power business is a leading provider of engines, power equipment and services focused on power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use. Distributed Power offers a diverse product portfolio that includes highly efficient, fuel-flexible, industrial gas engines generating 200 kW to 10 MW each of power for numerous industries globally. In addition, the business provides life cycle support for more than 36,000 gas engines worldwide to help you meet your business challenges and success metrics—anywhere and anytime. Backed by our authorized service providers in more than 170 countries, GE‘s global service network connects with you locally for rapid response to your service needs. GE’s Distributed Power business is headquartered in Jenbach, Austria.

About GE Power

GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.

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About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.


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