Buch CHP Plant
Information on the Buch CHP plant and its history
With the commissioning of a new gas turbine and downstream waste heat boiler in 2014, the Buch CHP plant was upgraded to a gas and steam turbine CHP plant. Electricity and heat are generated at the Buch site using the combined heat and power process for reduced environmental impact. The fuel utilisation factor of the overall process is approximately 90%. The Buch CHP plant also uses waste heat from electricity generation using landfill gas from the Schwanebeck landfill site to meet up to 20% of district heating demand for the Buch heating network.
The Buch Power Plant site has focused on environmentally compatible energy generation since 1905. In year 2006, the Buch CHP-plant was the first to use high-temperature heat recovery technology, which extracts latent and perceptible heat from waste flue gases. In 2007, a decommissioned oil tank was converted to a heat storage tank with a capacity of 2 million litres of water at temperatures up to 95°C. The second oil tank is also earmarked for conversion to a heat storage tank to optimise heat generation and increase the flexibility of electricity generation.