Sensation, Netherlands Greenhouse improves energy efficiency


Through this partnership, Guascor Energy Engines advised the customer, Sensation, that the gas utilization for a 2MW output with 2 G-42HM would achieve an efficiency of approximately 42%, savings of close to 10% on gas consumption compared to its existing system. In the first four months of operation, actual performance values indicated an increase in efficiency to 44%, with a calculated LHV of 8.61kWh/Nm3 measured over intervals containing an 80% power demand.

Even with the challenges of interconnecting systems and still having the ability to operate as a microgrid, the G-42HM demonstrated its ability as the right solution for our customer to maintain Sensation’s innovative position in the market, while ensuring reliability, efficiency and cost optimization.

One of the most admirable features of the G-42HM is the ability of the system to be easily modified into different configurations in terms of hardware, to offer the flexibility of integration into other system types. This flexibility along with the guarantee of a 42% increase in efficiency for the plant, made this partnership a technically innovative journey to ensure Sensation operates one of the most technologically advanced greenhouses on the market. The customer valued Guascor Energy ́s expertise, professionalism, and technical knowlege along with delivering on its guarantees, make Guascor Energy a key solution provider and leader in the energy industry.

The Opportunity

Sensation, one of the most innovative greenhouses in the Netherlands leading in flower quality and consistency is well known for a certain breed of flower called the Piña Colada, bright white in color, reminiscent of the cool drink on a hot summer day.

Located in Tuil, Netherlands, the customer Sensation required an upgrade of their combined heat and power systems existing of two 1 MW engines, to increase efficiency,

with integrated CO2 recovery for fertilization into the existing footprint. The CO2 generation had to be taken into account for fertilizing of the plants while also ensuring climate temperature control needed to maintain the quality and consistency of each flower. Finaly the customer also wanted the ability to operate in a microgrid mode if needed.

The Solution

Sensation turned to Guascor Energy Engines and the local Dutch Partner Dordtech for expertise and the G-42HM was the right solution to meet all requirements. The H Series Gas Engines represent a new concept in engine design with advanced technology incorporated into the cylinder heads, valves, camshafts, and turbochargers.

This enabled the customer to run 1MW of power in a microgrid configuration using a combined heat and power system with only a slight elevation in water temperatures, ensuring all environmental requirements were being met. Two G-42HM engines, combined with a tailor-made heat exchange and control system designed and fabricated by Dordtech, were designed to operate in a microgrid configuration. The engines were also connected and actively integrated into the Dordtech exhaust gas cleaning system to deliver optimal power efficiency and CO2 levels for the plants.

The Business

Guascor Energy is a leading company with more than 50 years of experience in the design and manufacture of diesel and gas internal combustion engines with its own technology. The company offers some of the most efficient and environmentally friendly technology platforms, products and services in distributed power generation for oil and gas, industrial, institutional, commercial clients and rural electrification programs. In addition, our offer is completed by a range of diesel engines for marine applications for both propulsion and on-board generation.

A complete product range which meets the strictest regulatory and safety requirements always adapting to the customer´s needs.
Guascor Energy has a network of more than 50 distributors and partners worldwide, which in addition to our own staff, allows us to provide unparalleled proximity and respond to the specific needs of each of our customers at a fast and personalized pace.