Realizing All-Electric system as alternative to natural gas


Scania Production Meppel B.V. (hereafter ‘Scania’) is planning to realize a new Paintshop for painting plastic parts. The Paintshop has a high demand for cold and heat: approximately 1,000 kW low and high temperature  and 1,200 kW cooling.

Normally, conventional gas boilers and chillers will generate this heat and cooling demand. However, Scania's goal is to produce CO2-neutral by 2030 and be the market leader in sustainable transport. That is why they approached Bilfinger Tebodin to advise and support them in achieving this goal for the new Paintshop.

“In the summer of 2019, the Consultancy department within Bilfinger Tebodin made a Quick Scan of the available energy alternatives: biogas, (direct and indirect) electrification and hydrogen, and then compared this with conventional natural gas,” says André Knol, Project Manager at Bilfinger Tebodin. “The CAPEX and the OPEX costs were determined on main equipment level (+/- 40%). In addition, a Life Cycle Costs (LCC) analysis was prepared. Based on the Quick Scan prepared by Bilfinger Tebodin, Scania has chosen for the electrification concept instead of conventional natural gas. An important reason for them to choose the All-Electric concept was that there would be no gas connection in the new Paintshop.

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