Medium-sized combined heat and power plant

RWE's mid-sized combined heat and power stations in the Netherlands, located in Bergen op Zoom, Erica, ’s-Hertogenbosch and Klazienaveen, are currently all mothballed. This means that they have been taken out of operation for a longer period of time and that the installations have been preserved.

When the units were still in production, they converted natural gas into electricity and heat. The generated electricity is fed into the electricity grid, while the heat is used for industrial processes, horticulture or in space heating. By combining the production of electricity and heat, more energy can be obtained from the fuel that is used.

Minimal environmental impact

High efficiency and minimal impact on the environment. That is what RWE Generation's combined heating and power stations are all about. As well as measures to limit, for instance, the emissions of nitric oxides (NOx), RWE Generation is continually striving to make the power plants more environmentally friendly. For example, the use of drinking water as cooling water and the discharge of water into the sewage system are avoided as far as possible. Furthermore, an air-cooled condenser prevents surface water from being heated too much through the discharge of cooling water. Where necessary noise abatement measures are taken. This enables us to comply with the standards both inside and outside the combined heat and power stations.

The principle of combined heat and power

The combined heat and power stations convert natural gas into two useful products: electricity and heat. The generated electricity is fed into the electricity grid, whilst the heat is used in industrial processes, horticulture and space heating.Less fuel is required for the combined generation of electricity and heat than when electricity and heat are generated separately in an electricity power station and a boiler. The resulting energy savings reach double figures in percentage terms. . And lower fuel consumption also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other substances. The use of low NOx combustion methods in the combined heat and power station, for instance, also keeps the emissions of NOx (nitric oxides) to a minimum.