Latest Developments in the Use of Wood Gas in Gas Engines

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Distributed Power from GE has more than a century of combined experience in gas turbines and gas engine technology with our aeroderivative gas turbine, Jenbacher gas engine, and Waukesha* gas engine product lines.
Gas engines for natural and man-made / waste gases

GE's Jenbacher gas engines range in power from 248kW to 9.5MW and run on either natural gas or a variety of other gases, such as biogas, landfill gas, coal mine gas, sewage gas and combustible industrial waste gases.

A broad range of commercial, industrial and municipal customers use Jenbacher products for on-site generation of power, heat and cooling. Patented combustion systems, engine controls and monitoring enable its power generation plants to meet stringent emission standards, while offering high levels of efficiency, durability and reliability.

Jenbacher gas engines include:

Jenbacher type 2:

Electrical output: 248kW - 335kW
L8 cylinder
1,500rpm (50Hz); 1,800 rpm (60Hz)
Delivered engines: ~ 1,000
In the product programme since 1976

Jenbacher type 3:

Electrical output: 526kW - 1,063kW
V12, V16 and V20 cylinder
1,500rpm (50Hz); 1,800rpm (60Hz)
Delivered engines: ~7,000
In the product programme since 1988

Jenbacher type 4:

Electrical output: 844kW - 1,562kW
V12, V16 and V20 cylinder
1,500rpm (50Hz); 1,527rpm (60Hz)
Delivered engines: ~1,500
In the product programme since 2002

Jenbacher type 6:

Electrical output: 1,622 - 4,401kW
V12, V16, V20 and V24 cylinder
1,500rpm (50Hz, 60Hz with gear-box)
Delivered engines: ~3,500
In the product programme since 1989

Jenbacher J920 FleXtra

Electrical output: 9,500kW
V20 cylinder
1,000rpm (50Hz); 900rpm (60Hz)
Pilot engine at Rosenheim, Germany
In the product programme since 2013

The Waukesha gas engines power generation and gas compression/mechanical drive portfolio includes:


Electrical output: 165kW - 880kW
I6, I8, V12, V16 cylinder configurations
1,500rpm (50Hz), 1,800rpm (60Hz)
Delivered engines: 5,500+
Introduced in 1987


Electrical output: 315kW - 1,400kW
L6, V12 and V16 cylinder configurations
1,000rpm (50Hz), 1,200rpm (60Hz)
Delivered engines: 12,000+
1967 - first VHP produced


Electrical output: 2,330kW - 3,580kW
V12, V16 cylinder configurations
1,000rpm (50Hz), 900 (60Hz)
Delivered engines: 35
Launched in 2009

The Aeroderivative gas turbines power generation portfolio includes:


Electrical output: 18MW - 34MW
99% reliability
41% efficiency
More than 40 years' operating experience
Portable trailer-mounted version TM2500


Electrical output: 4MW-60MW
Greater than 99% reliability
42% efficiency
Starts under ten minutes
Introduced in 1991


Electrical output: 100MW - 116MW
44.5% efficiency
96.4% reliability
Starts under ten minutes
Global acceptance (for example at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia)

* Trademark of the General Electric Company
About Distributed Power from GE

GE Power & Water's Distributed Power is a leading provider of power equipment, engines and services, focused on power generation at or near the point of use.

Distributed Power's product portfolio includes highly efficient industrial reciprocating engines and aeroderivative gas turbines that generate 100kW to 100MW of power for numerous industries globally. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Distributed Power from GE employs about 5,000 people around the world.

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Latest Developments in the Use of Wood Gas in Gas Engines (pdf)
Thomas Elsenbruch, GE Jenbacher, Jenbach, Austria, IDGTE Toronto, Canada; 12. June 2008

Jenbacher gas engines