Test production started at geothermal power plant at Holzkirchen, Germany

Holzkirchen geothermal power plant, Bavaria/ Germany (source: Erdwerk)
Alexander Richter 16 Jul 2019

Test operations of geothermal power plant at Holzkirchen, Germany have been successful with hope to full operation in the near future.

Following the start of operation for district heating in December 2018, electricity was fed into the grid for the first time on 4 July 2019 as part of the trial operation of the Holzkirchen geothermal power plant. Further information on the start of electricity production can be found in the press release of Geothermie Holzkirchen GmbH (pdf).

On July 4, 2019, with a capacity of 600 kW electricity generated by the geothermal power plant in Holzkirchen was fed into the public power net for the first time.

The plant delivered by Turboden reached 2.6 MW with the currently available geothermal flow, which is still lower than the nominal design flow.

Gemeindewerke managing director Albert Götz is satisfied with the status of the project:
“Even if we only temporarily fed into the grid, is the first time electricity production is yet another milestone in the environment and climate friendly energy production in Holzkirchen. With the trial operation and the first-time electricity generation is on the right track, even if during trial operation quite one or the other major surgery may be necessary. That’s for
Optimization of such systems normal. ”

With the initial power supply, the compensation period also has to be paid within the scope of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) started to run. Each kWh delivered to the network will be reimbursed in the next 20 years with EUR 0.2520/ kWh. The power plant is the main financial pillar of the Holzkirchen geothermal plant and will make a significant contribution to its refinancing.

Source: Erdwerk