Co-generation: a gas-powered generator drives an alternator that produces electricity. Heat recovered from the cooling of the motor and the combustion gases heats a water circuit thanks to heat exchangers.
Towards an increasingly decarbonized electricity generation mix
ENGIE is aiming to be a leader in the energy transition. The Group’s strategy is based on the development of businesses with low carbon emissions, gas infrastructures and integrated solutions designed for its customers.
ENGIE is restructuring its portfolio of businesses, and is progressively divesting assets involving coal-fired generation. The Group is repositioning its thermal power plants towards gas and cogeneration, complementing its development in renewable energies. Combined cycle gas plants contribute to ensuring the stability of the grid during peaks in electricity consumption (e.g. in severe freeze-ups) or when there are falls in the production of renewable energies, which are by nature intermittent (hydroelectricity, solar, wind, biomass and geothermal).
A flexible, efficient fuel that is easy to store and transport, natural gas will be required to play a major part in electricity supply in a period of heavy demand. It is the cleanest fossil fuel, with CO2 emissions half those of coal. ENGIE is involved in all phases of the natural gas chain. Thanks to its great proficiency and expertise in the cycle, it is able to work on improving both the energy efficiency and environmental performance of natural gas.