District heating supply in Winnenden
The coal-fired heating plant, which was modernized and converted in 1992, is now operated with natural gas, biomethane, and light fuel oil. Since 1997, the landfill gas produced in the Eichholz municipal solid waste landfill has also been used in power generation. In the summer of 2012, STEAG New Energies expanded the existing heating plant into a combined heat and power plant. The core element is the addition of a packaged CHP plant, which has been operated with biomethane gas since 2014. The cogeneration plant has an electrical and thermal output of two megawatts each. The CHP unit has significantly increased the energy efficiency of the entire system. What began with the use of a mobile energy unit has developed into a large district heating supply with a connected load of 47 Megawatts.