GE Energy is supplying a Jenbacher C02 fertilization and co-generation system to a tomato greenhouse in Ontario. The 12-megawatt system will feature four gas engines that will supply power and recovered heat to a 55-acre greenhouse facility located about 350 kilometres west of Toronto. CO2 from the engine exhaust will be diverted, purified, cooled, then fed back into the greenhouse to accelerate tomato growth. About 10 megawatts of power will be sold into the provincial grid under a 20-year contract signed with the Ontario Power Authority, which recently awarded six other co-gen contracts.
Construction on the new system will begin in May and is scheduled for completion in December 2007. This is an important deal for GE Energy. While such a system is common in places such as the Netherlands, this particular project will be GE’s first in North America and the company plans to use it as a reference case for other sales. Pretty cool stuff.
The press release comes out later today, so I’ll post a link when it becomes available.