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Energy fair in Africa

3/15/2016 | Words: Yvonne Wirth | Pictures: Rolls-Royce Power Systems

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Rolls-Royce will be presenting its high-speed and medium-speed power generation products on Stand K5 at Power & Electricity World Africa in Johannesburg from 15 to 16 March 2016. The product portfolio will include various power generation solutions in the 24 to 9,400 kWe range for a wide variety of applications and types of fuel.

Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the model of an 18-cylinder diesel genset based on the Series 2000 engine will also be on display. The genset incorporates common-rail technology and produces up to 1,120 kWe. Power generation systems manufactured by MTU Onsite Energy are based on diesel engines with a power output of up to 3,250 kWe and gas engines to 2,530 kWe. The model of a Rolls-Royce Series B35:40 gas engine will also be exhibited on the stand. Engines of this series are available in a power range extending from 3,700 to 9,400 kWe.

With the implementation of its National Development Plan, the aim of the Department of Energy of the South African government is to ensure that at least 95 per cent of the population will have access to the electricity grid by 2030; to cover the country’s rapidly increasing demand for electric power with a wide range of efficient and reliable power generation technologies; and to reduce CO2 emissions by 42 per cent by 2025.

“Power generation products manufactured by Rolls-Royce Power Systems – from combined heat and power plants to emergency backup systems and gas gensets – can provide a sustainable, stable and affordable supply of electric power and are thus extremely important for covering South Africa’s demand for energy,” said Andrea Nono, CEO of MTU South Africa. “Gas-fired power generation plants in particular will be a key factor in the years to come, since gas represents a clean and affordable alternative fuel to coal as the prime source of energy.”

The trend is also supported by Rolls-Royce. In February 2016, a new 100 MW power generation plant based on medium-speed engines went into operation in Mozambique. Core equipment includes thirteen 20-cylinder gas-based Rolls-Royce engines of type B35:40V20AG2. It is owned and operated by the independent power producer Gigawatt Mozambique and will supply electrical power to the national grid through a power purchase agreement with the state-owned utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM). Rolls-Royce Power Systems has received further orders to deliver MTU Onsite Energy gas gensets for power generation plants, for biogas and for combined heat and power plants in South and West Africa.

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