What is already near-commonplace in Germany is on the rise fast across Europe: we refer here to what are known as “renewable energies” – creating electricity from sources like wind and solar power. In March 2007, the Council of the European Union passed a resolution to strive towards obtaining 20% of total power usage (electricity, heat and mobility) from renewables by the end of 2020. The result was a sea-change in power generation: large power plants were driven off-grid, and power generation moved to what is now increasingly a decentralized affair. Grid malfunctions can no longer be overcome by large power plants alone, with decentralized producers now having to make a contribution towards ensuring grid stability and security of supply. With its certified gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants producing between 100 and 2,500 kW and diesel gensets delivering between 600 and 3,200 kW in full compliance with the German “BDEW Directive” published by the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management, MTU Onsite Energy has proven that, even today, products are available which meet these new requirements. In other European countries, too, the shift in producer profiles make national grid participant directives a necessity. Even today, MTU Onsite Energy is providing proof-positive that their expertise enables them to meet these directives.
Power from renewable energies is on the rise
The energy sector has seen one of the biggest upheavals in its entire history. The world is moving away from fossil fuels like coal, lignite and oil to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and water power. Added to this, in some countries, is growth in distributed power generation using, for example, internal combustion engines to boost the efficiency of total power consumed. The shift in the producer profile from centralized to distributed power generation confronts grid operators with the challenge of keeping the grid stable and ensuring security of supply. To deal with this, grid operators define requirements in the form of so-called “Grid Codes” which power producers intending to supply the grid are obliged to follow.
White Paper hailed as “Best Paper”
The unabridged version of the white paper “Grid Codes for Diesel and Gas-Fired Gensets – Solutions for Complying with the New Requirements” by MTU Onsite Energy staff members Marcus Mücke and Michael Kreißl won the Pennwell Publishing “Best Paper Award” at the PowerGen Europe 2016 trade fair. “It is an excellently written paper with very valuable content based on many years of dedicated work by MTU”, said the Best Paper Award Committee, explaining its decision. The full white paper can be found on our website at www.mtuonsiteenergy.com under “Media -> Technical Articles”.