Belgian tomato grower ripe for savings with CHP

The installation of a CHP system running on gas engines has sown the seeds for significant savings at a tomato-growing facility in Belgium. The system, running on Perkins gas engines and installed by Belgian company E. Van Wingen (EVW), is already making a difference to the facility, which is just outside Ghent and produces 600 tonnes of tomatoes a year.

Previously it used central heating to warm its greenhouses – now heat from the 500 kW engine is pumped back into the greenhouse. “Everything that comes out of the engine goes into the greenhouse,” stated EVW boss Jean-Pierre Van Wingen towards The new installation included 14 km of hot pipes and 7km of low temperature pipes across grower Gery Persoon’s 10,500 sq metre facility.

The CHP system cost €500,000 and is expected to save Persoon around €100,000 a year – therefore it should pay for itself in five years’ time.


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