GE Powers Greener Energy for Manufacturing Giant Del Monte

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November 15, 2016

  • Waste-to-Energy Combined Heat and Power Project with Del Monte Philippines Inc. is One of the Latest Projects in the Country
  • Organic Waste at the Cannery Operations Fuels Two of GE’s Jenbacher J420 Gas Engines
  • Combined Heat and Power Solution Enables Del Monte to Realize Substantial Savings in Electricity and Fuel, Lowering Productions Costs and Overall Waste and Carbon Emissions

CAGAYAN DE ORO, PHILIPPINES—November 15, 2016—Around the world, challenges to meet increasing demands for energy while reducing the adverse impacts on the environment—as well as costs—are constantly being addressed. In the Philippines, “greener” energy is being produced with innovations to help reduce its environmental impacts—such as waste-to-energy—with the help of more efficient and reliable gas engine technologies like those from global solutions provider GE (NYSE: GE).

 

One of the latest waste-to-electricity projects in the country is powered by GE’s Jenbacher gas engines and located at the cannery operations of leading food company Del Monte Philippines Inc. (Del Monte), located in Bugo, Cagayan de Oro.

 

Wastewater from the pineapple cannery operations of Del Monte’s 23,000-hectare pineapple plantation in nearby Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, contains organic material. The wastewater is gathered and treated in an anaerobic wastewater treatment plant, which turns the biowaste into biogas to fuel two of GE’s Jenbacher J420 gas engines installed at the cannery’s on-site power plant.

 

“As our demands for reliable and secure electricity continue to grow, we considered ways to generate on-site power that would fit into the region’s strategy to reduce the carbon footprint in the Philippines while also supporting our growing investment and employment in the country,” said Francisco T. Molas, Del Monte Philippines, Inc.’s group head for Mindanao operations. “The anaerobic treatment is an excellent alternative to existing aerobic systems. We can turn our biowaste into biogas to produce on-site power and heat for the cannery.

 

The combined heat and power (CHP) plant generates close to 2.8 megawatts (MW) to power the operations of the Del Monte cannery and the plant, and it uses the excess heat to power the boiler.

 

These energy solutions enable Del Monte to realize substantial savings of 25 percent in current annual electricity needs and 9 percent of its annual energy requirement for fuel, thereby lowering production costs and overall waste and carbon emissions. The company also has successfully reduced its reliance on the national grid, thus freeing up power for local communities and contributing more to the development of the local economy. This project also supports the government’s initiatives under the Renewable Energy Act and Clean Air Act.

 

“As the needs for reliable and secure on-site power and electricity are rising, and the world continues to experience the impacts of climate change, the ability to meet multiple needs through one solution is increasingly important. By generating electricity and heat simultaneously through GE’s Jenbacher gas engine technology, this CHP project could achieve overall efficiency of more than 82 percent with no additional fuel consumption,” said Daniel Icasiano, general manager for Asia Pacific sales and commercial operations, GE’s Distributed Power. “The CHP technology of our Jenbacher gas engines produces power used as electricity for the plant and, at the same time, recovers heat from exhaust for use in heating the boiler.”

 

DESCO Incorporated—GE’s authorized distributor and service provider for Jenbacher gas engines in the Philippines—is providing a full power plant engineering solution including the installation of the two Jenbacher J420 gas engines, balance of plant, engineering support and the overall maintenance of the units.

 

“Apart from delivery and installation of the Jenbacher engines, GE’s multiyear agreement with Del Monte also includes technical consultation, equipment such as an activated carbon filter and exhaust gas heat exchanger, startup and commissioning of the engines as well as training,” said Joycelyn Yeo, regional sales leader of GE’s Distributed Power.

 

The CHP plant at Del Monte Philippines has been continuously providing power and heat to the cannery since its startup in 2015, with an average of 6,000 operating hours a year.

 

About GE’s Distributed Power

 

GE’s Distributed Power is a leading provider of engines, power equipment and services focused on power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use. Distributed Power offers a diverse product portfolio that includes highly efficient, fuel-flexible, industrial gas engines generating 200 kW to 10 MW each of power for numerous industries globally. In addition, the business provides life cycle support for more than 36,000 gas engines worldwide to help meet business challenges and success metrics—anywhere and anytime. Backed by authorized service providers in more than 170 countries, GE‘s global service network connects with customers locally for rapid response to customers’ service needs. GE’s Distributed Power business is headquartered in Jenbach, Austria.

 

About GE Power

 

GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.

 

For more information, visit the company's website at www.gepower.com. Follow GE Power on Twitter and on LinkedIn at GE Power.

 

About GE

 

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

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