To Make Sure Everything Works in Times of Crisis
Mannheim, April 28, 2020
Dräger is a globally leading enterprise that delivers technology for life. Recently, the Lübeck-based company has come even more to the fore with its medical technology products and services. In the current health situation, there is a great demand especially for the ventilators produced by Dräger. The company's headquarters on Moislinger Allee in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck manage the production facilities and sales companies around the globe. To make sure that everything works smoothly at all times—not only in times of crisis—a dedicated MWM cogeneration power plant that was established back in 2007 supplies about 30 percent of the heat and power. A substantial amount of energy is needed for the workforce of 3,000 at the Moislinger Allee site.
The 34.5 m high, old chimney is the prominent fixed point for the boiler house, the energy center with the CHP, at Dräger in Lübeck. (Photo: Stadtwerke Lübeck GmbH, Germany)
Reliable Supply for Many Years
When the cogeneration power plant was first set up in 2007, Dräger opted for reliable, efficient MWM engine technology in the form of a TCG 2020 V12. After 13 years of smooth operation, the core of the cogeneration power plant is now being replaced with an MWM TCG 2020 V12 gas genset with improved efficiency. "By replacing the engine of the Dräger cogeneration power plant, we want to achieve even more carbon savings and improve the profitability", says Sören Sievertsen, project manager at Stadtwerke Lübeck. In the past, the cogeneration power plant was operated directly by Dräger; now, this will be handled by Stadtwerke Lübeck under a contracting arrangement.
On the hook: The new MWM TCG 2020 V12 engine will be transported by crane to its future location on the factory premises on Moislinger Allee. (Photo: Stadtwerke Lübeck GmbH, Germany)
The heat-controlled cogeneration power plant supplies heat energy and power for Dräger and heat energy for various service providers on the premises. All of the generated heat is used for heating the workplaces in the factory halls and offices, and almost all of the 1 MW of power (per hour) that will henceforth be produced will be used locally and will not be fed into the local power grid. "In this way, we are able to cut Dräger's power costs, as self-generated power is not subject to additional levies", explains Björn Verwold, account manager at Stadtwerke Lübeck.
Modern Engine for More Performance
The long-standing cooperation for reliable power and heat supply thanks to MWM will also continue with the Stadtwerke Lübeck. In June 2020, the new MWM gas engine—which boasts best-in-class electrical and thermal efficiency—will go live and continue to ensure hassle-free power and heat supply at Dräger.
The new MWM engine at Dräger will produce around 1 MW of electricity per hour. (Photo: Stadtwerke Lübeck GmbH, Germany)