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20,000th Jenbacher Gas Engine Ceremonially Presented to Milchwerke Oberfranken at Customer Event

• Leading International Cheese Manufacturer Relies on Jenbacher Combined Heat and Power (CHP) System to Supply Power to Its Plant Near
Coburg, Germany
• Flexible Jenbacher CHP System can be Used Both in Island Mode and in Network-Parallel Mode
• Project Boasts All Factors of the “Magic Triangle”: Increased Energy-Supply Security, Significant Improvement of the Eco-Balance,
and Improved Operating Efficiency

As part of a major customer event at the Distributed Power business headquarters in Jenbach, the 20,000th Jenbacher gas engine was ceremonially handed over to Ludwig Weiss, the director of Milchwerke Oberfranken — one of the leading international manufacturers of cheese specialties. Celebrations took place yesterday afternoon. Among the guests were the mayor of Jenbach, Dietmar Wallner, numerous employees and customers of the engine specialist, as well as media representatives and students from the nearby universities and technical colleges.

In addition to the order for a natural gas-powered Jenbacher J612 gas engine, which includes a control system, Milchwerke Oberfranken also signed a 10-year service contract. Energas BHKW GmbH, the authorized Channel Partner of the Distributed Power business in Southern Germany, handled the order. The commissioning of the combined heat and power (CHP) plant system at one of the leading international manufacturers of cheese specialties is planned for the beginning of 2019.

Green gas engine as bridge to a greener energy future
The CHP system is used to generate power, heat and steam as well as hot water for pasteurization at the company’s site in Wiesenfeld near Coburg, approximately 120 kilometers north of Nuremberg, Germany. Due to its broad use, the plant achieves an overall efficiency of around 86 percent. The electrical output is 2 megawatt (MW) and the thermal output is 1.8 MW. This corresponds to the power consumption of almost 4,000 and heat consumption of 1,500 average German households. With annual savings of 5,000 metric tons of CO2, the Jenbacher CHP plant at the Milchwerke Oberfranken will make an important contribution to achieving the Federal Government’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

Additionally, the Jenbacher CHP plant is characterized by its high flexibility. It can either run on an island-mode basis and supply the dairy facility with energy independently or it can be operated in grid-parallel mode. If the CHP system delivers more energy than is needed on-site, it is fed into the public grid.

“With our technology, we are creating a bridge to a greener energy future for Germany. One example of this is our 20,000th Jenbacher engine, which as part of a combined heat and power plant, does more than just ensure the energy supply of the Milchwerke Oberfranken facility. It also helps our customers to increase their profitability and at the same time improve their eco-balance due to significant CO2 savings,” explains Norbert Hetebrüg, executive director sales Europe of GE’s Distributed Power business.

Energy-supply security, operating efficiency, and improved ecological balance sheet
First considerations for the integration of a CHP system at one of the two Milchwerke Oberfranken sites were already underway in 2011. In the course of the preparatory work, the heat acceptance structure of the plant was successively adapted and optimized for CHP system operation.

The “magic triangle” once again played a role. In addition to an increase in energy-supply security and a significant improvement in the life-cycle assessment, the operating efficiency was also a decisive factor in favor of the CHP system.

About Milchwerke Oberfranken
With an annual production volume of 47,600 metric tons, Milchwerke Oberfranken is one of the leading international manufacturers of cheese specialties. Every year, more than 850 milk producers supply the tradition-rich company with 1.2 million liters (or 430,000 metric tons) of milk, which at two high-tech plants are processed into hard, sliced and soft cheeses as well as convenience foods such as baking camembert.

About GE’s Distributed Power business
GE’s Distributed Power business, which also includes the Jenbacher and Waukesha product lines, is a leading provider of power equipment, engines, and services specializing in power generation and gas compression that’s close to the consumer. The Distributed Power business’s product portfolio includes high-efficiency, fuel-flexible industrial gas engines that generate 200 kW to 10 MW of electricity for numerous industry branches worldwide. In addition, the company supports more than 48,000 gas engines worldwide throughout their entire service life, helping companies to master their operational challenges and be successful – anywhere and at any time. With service providers in more than 100 countries, Distributed Power’s global service network will contact you locally to respond quickly to your service needs. GE’s Distributed Power business is headquartered in Jenbach, Austria.

About Energas
Energas BHKW GmbH is an important provider of ecological energy solutions with efficient combined heat and power plants in Southern Germany. Specializing in the installation of gas-fired CHP systems in the power range between 300 kWel and 9500 kWel, it has been a certified sales associate since its foundation in 2006. Since 2012, it is also a service partner of the Distributed Power business.

About GE Power
GE Power is a world leader in energy, offering technologies, solutions and services along the value chain from energy producer to energy consumption. Our technologies are used in more than 180 countries, produce one third of the world’s energy, and supply 90% of the world’s energy suppliers. Using our software, we manage more than 40% of the world’s energy. Through continuous innovation and collaboration with our customers, we develop the energy technologies of the future and improve the power grids on which we rely every day.

Further information can be found on our website at

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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