MWM® gas engines and combined heat and power plants - a perfect combination
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MWM® gas engines and combined heat and power plants — a perfect combination

MWM® gas engines are often used in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants, offering efficient and sustainable energy generation. Find out more about this combination!
24. Oct 2023
Team PowerUP

CHP plants are one of the key technologies in modern energy generation. MWM® gas engines, perfected through decades of technological innovation, are at the core of many CHPs. They combine power, efficiency, and sustainability, setting the standard for CHP applications.

The basic principle and functioning of combined heat and power plants

CHP plants operate based on the principle of combined heat and power generation. They simultaneously produce electricity and usable heat. The core component of a CHP is typically a gas engine that drives a generator.

While the electricity is fed into the grid or used directly, the waste heat generated during operation is utilized for heating or water heating. This dual energy utilization allows CHPs to achieve a high level of efficiency.

The significance of gas engines in CHPs

Gas engines play a crucial role in combined heat and power (CHP) plants. They serve as a dependable power source to drive the generator. In comparison to other types of engines, gas engines offer cleaner combustion, reduced emissions, and efficient energy conversion.

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Furthermore, the utilization of natural gas or biogas enables a flexible adaptation to diverse energy sources. When combined with cogeneration, gas engines enhance the overall efficiency of CHPs and facilitate sustainable energy generation.

Advantages of CHP in modern energy supply

CHP offers several benefits in modern energy supply. Firstly, it allows for the efficient use of primary energy by simultaneously generating electricity and heat. This leads to higher overall efficiency and reduced CO₂ emissions. Additionally, CHP systems provide decentralized energy production, ensuring flexible energy supply directly at the point of consumption. This minimizes transmission losses and enhances grid stability. Furthermore, CHP systems support the use of renewable gases, contributing to the transition towards sustainable and renewable energy sources

Trends and developments in CHP technology

The CHP technology is currently undergoing significant advancements. One trend is the increasing utilization of renewable gases like biomethane, which contributes to an improved CO₂ balance. Furthermore, digitalization is gaining importance: intelligent control systems optimize operation and facilitate remote monitoring.

The modularity of the systems enables a flexible adaptation to various energy needs. In addition, efforts are being made to develop more compact units that reduce space requirements. These advancements hold the promise of more efficient and sustainable CHP solutions for the future.

A Historical Overview of MWM®

The company was founded in Mannheim in 1871 by Carl Benz. Over the decades, MWM has evolved to become a leading provider of power generation systems for the energy industry. One of the noteworthy achievements of MWM is their pioneering work in the field of gas engines.

Introducing PowerUP and our core competencies

As PowerUP, an innovative company from Tyrol, we have established ourselves as a leading manufacturer of spare parts for gas engines. Furthermore, PowerUP provides specialized services aimed at maximizing the lifespan and efficiency of gas engines


With profound technical expertise, state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, and a customer-centric approach, we establish benchmarks in terms of quality and reliability.

The significance of high-quality spare parts for efficiency

The efficiency and longevity of gas engines also depend significantly on the quality of their spare parts. High-quality spare parts not only ensure optimal performance, but also reduce downtime and maintenance costs

They minimize wear, extend the intervals between service calls, and protect the engine from premature failure. In an industry where reliability and uptime are crucial, high-quality spare parts can make the difference between efficient operation and costly breakdowns. PowerUp specializes in using partially custom-made spare parts to ensure optimal performance and reliability.

Service offerings and support by PowerUP for MWM® gas engines

PowerUP offers a wide range of gas engine services and support for MWM® gas engines. In addition to high-quality spare parts, our services include regular maintenance work, fault diagnosis, and technical consultation.

With a deep understanding of customer needs, PowerUP sets new standards in terms of customer service and facility management.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can CHP plants also be operated with biogas?

How does cogeneration contribute to efficient electricity generation?

Why are CHP plants so important in modern energy supply?

What are the differences between CHPs and conventional power generation methods?

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