The Hungarian Cogeneration Energy Society (MKET) once again launched the competition „Best Cogeneration Small Power Plant of the Year”, expecting the power plants registered at MKET and other power plant units owned by them to apply for the competition. The competitors were evaluated based on different indicator with the small power plant of Cegléd belonging to the Veolia group finishing in second place.
MKET launches the competition every year with the aim to evaluate the energy producing companies by their efficiency and by the proportion of cogeneration energy in their production, rewarding the bests with a prize.
The condition for participating in the competition is for the candidate to have been in commercial operation for at least one full year. The legal entities figuring in MKET’s register as of December 31 2021 and other power plant units owned by them could enter the competition until 22nd of February 2022.
The candidates were assessed on three criteria: the utilization rate of the machinery, the efficiency of the machinery and the specific savings on fuel. Each indicator was expressed by two decimal places and taken into consideration with different weighting for the aggregation. The candidate obtaining the highest score in total was declared the winner.
Veolia Energia Magyarország Zrt. applies for the price every year with the member of its gas engine fleet that performs best on the preliminary assessment. The small power plant of Cegléd had the highest score in 2021, and it proved to be the second best among the candidates, obtaining the certificate „Best Cogeneration Small Power Plant of the Year”. Gábor Tatár-Kis, Operational Director of Small Power Plants took over the prize, which will decorate the walls of the district heating centre of Cegléd.
The small power plant of Cegléd is operated by 2 Jenbacher gas engines with a total electric capacity of 3.015 MWe and with a total heat capacity of 3.33 MWt. In 2021, the equipment produced 12,444 MWh electric energy of which 12,295 MWh were sold, and produced 53,797 GJ heat. The heat energy is sold mostly to the households through the Distric Heating Supplier of Cegléd.
The operational efficiency and the technical capacity of Veolia’s power plants have been recognized by several awards in the previous years. In 2019, the Boortmalt gas engine in Dunaújváros won the first place, in 2017 and 2018 the gas engine operated in Kanizsai Dorottya Hospital also won the first price in the same competition.
Veolia continues to work to ensure that its power plants operate at the highest possible quality and efficiency level and offer a wide range of reliable services to all its clients.