- It is planned to construct and operate a highly efficient combined cycle gas and steam turbine plant (CCGT plant) at the Herne power plant site.
- The construction of the modern plant will be subsidized by the Federal government on the basis of the Act on Combined Heat and Power Generation.
- This energy conversion technology conserves resources as electricity and heat are generated together.
- The Herne combined cycle plant ensures security of supply for heat and power with major savings in CO2 compared with conventional heating power plants.
- The start of construction work is planned for spring 2019, and commissioning for the end of 2021.
Attractive and future-proof jobs will be created at the Herne energy hub. This is also where the central heat feed into the Ruhr district heating grid is located.
- Our heat demand – in contrast to electricity demand – rises massively in the 6 wintery months.
- Especially in that period, generation from renewable energy sources for the conurbations which surround us falls short by several billion watts, and the technology is not yet available to store what is generated.
- The Herne combined cycle plant will, in contrast, provide a secure bridging technology which significantly conserves resources and emits less CO2 in comparison with conventional combined heat and power plants.