Power Generation

The new mtu natural gas-powered series 500

A sustainable solution that always answers your needs Power range: 50 Hz: 250 – 550 kWe 60 Hz: 250 – 550 kWe

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Power generation needs are always specific. Our answers are specific, too. We combine flexible products with intelligent systems, consulting expertise and comprehensive services to offer clients sustainable solutions that always deliver optimum performance over the entire lifecycle – solutions like our new mtu Series 500.

With the mtu Series 500, we are introducing natural gas gensets to the 250 - 550 kWe power range that are ideally suited for utility, industrial and other applications. The units feature an mtu Module Control (MMC) that monitors all genset activities, seamlessly integrates with microgrid environments and creates a digital link to our global service network.

Fuel

Natural gas

Output

250, 360 and 550 kWe

Frequency

50 Hz and 60 Hz

Efficiency

3.1% more than our Series 400 gensets, best in class

Connectivity

Remote connectivity to our global service support

Flexibility

Highly adaptable through mtu Module Control automation system

Sustainable and cost-effective energy solutions

Integrating a Series 500 gas genset, PV and a battery energy storage system

Microgrid use case: a shopping center in Germany

How to cut energy costs by 42%

A microgrid solution that combines heat and power from a gas genset like the new mtu Series 500 with solar panels and a battery energy storage system can cut energy costs by 42%. How? Download the following use case and learn how you can:

  • Optimize your energy costs
  • Gain grid independence

mtu Series 500 at a glance

mtu 6R500 GS 

Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz
Output: 250 kWe / 250 kWe
Energy input: 597 kWin / 2109 kBTU/hr
Electrical efficiency: 41.8% / 40.5%

mtu 8V500 GS 

Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz
Output: 360 kWe / 360 kWe
Energy input: 847 kWin / 3010 kBTU/hr
Electrical efficiency: 42.5% / 40.8%

mtu 12V500 GS 

Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz
Output: 550 kWe / 550 kWe
Energy input: 1292 kWin / 4637 kBTU/hr
Electrical efficiency: 42.6% / 40.5%

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Wide-ranging applications

Energy demand continues to be on the rise – at industrial sites, data centres, hospitals and many other facilities. The new natural gas gensets of the mtu Series 500 are well-suited for the task.

Whether as stand-alone units or as part of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant or a microgrid, these gensets deliver clean, reliable power at reduced operating costs for wide-ranging applications.

Natural gas

  • Utility companies
  • Data centers
  • Industrial applications
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels

Microgrid support

Our microgrid offering covers many solutions and services, including consulting, planning, hardware, software, installation and maintenance. We can show you how to further optimize performance and savings – for example, by integrating your mtu Series 500 genset into the microgrid together with various energy sources and storage solutions.

mtu Series 500 highlights

1

Gas engine

Improved combustion technology increases engine efficiency and lowers fuel costs.

2

Generator

Optimally tailored to the engine, the generator provides best-in-class reliability and efficiency.

3

Ignition system

A microprocessor-controlled ignition system optimally adjusts the ignition time and ignition energy to the quality of the gas.

4

Mixture cooler

The two-stage mixture cooler improves engine performance and heat utilization.

5

Digital connectivity

The system can be equipped with a data logger providing access to our digital solutions, including remote monitoring, fast and reliable service support and, soon, further features such as predictive failure prevention and operational optimization.

6

mtu Module Control (MMC)

If the gas engine is the heart of the genset, then the mtu Module Control is the brain. Housed in a separate panel next to the genset, the MMC automation system handles all important functions needed for continuously monitoring and controlling the entire system. Key features: - Industrial PC with colour touchscreen - Monitors all processes - Logs all activities - Seamless environment integration - Multi-module system networking - Supports numerous protocols - Optional remote diagnosis via DSL or ISDN - Optional integration of SMS/email client (notifcation of faults, daily reporting of all meter readings)

7

Flexible heat recovery unit

This unit ensures highest thermal efficiencies for the jacket water, lube oil and coolant mixture. (Expanded scope of supply / GR configuration)

8

Exhaust heat recovery

The exhaust heat recovery system with exhaust heat exchanger achieves highest thermal efficiencies in CHP systems. With the mtu 12V500 GS version, the exhaust heat exchanger is supplied separately. (Expanded scope of supply / GC configuration)

1

Gas engine

Improved combustion technology increases engine efficiency and lowers fuel costs.

2

Generator

Optimally tailored to the engine, the generator provides best-in-class reliability and efficiency.

3

Ignition system

A microprocessor-controlled ignition system optimally adjusts the ignition time and ignition energy to the quality of the gas.

4

Mixture cooler

The two-stage mixture cooler improves engine performance and heat utilization.

5

Digital connectivity

The system can be equipped with a data logger providing access to our digital solutions, including remote monitoring, fast and reliable service support and, soon, further features such as predictive failure prevention and operational optimization.

6

mtu Module Control (MMC)

If the gas engine is the heart of the genset, then the mtu Module Control is the brain. Housed in a separate panel next to the genset, the MMC automation system handles all important functions needed for continuously monitoring and controlling the entire system. Key features: - Industrial PC with colour touchscreen - Monitors all processes - Logs all activities - Seamless environment integration - Multi-module system networking - Supports numerous protocols - Optional remote diagnosis via DSL or ISDN - Optional integration of SMS/email client (notifcation of faults, daily reporting of all meter readings)

7

Flexible heat recovery unit

This unit ensures highest thermal efficiencies for the jacket water, lube oil and coolant mixture. (Expanded scope of supply / GR configuration)

8

Exhaust heat recovery

The exhaust heat recovery system with exhaust heat exchanger achieves highest thermal efficiencies in CHP systems. With the mtu 12V500 GS version, the exhaust heat exchanger is supplied separately. (Expanded scope of supply / GC configuration)

Shown here is an mtu 8V500 genset in GC configuration with MMC

Green hydrogen – the fuel of the future

Renewable energy sources will play a pivotal role for the power supply of the future, particularly from sources like the sun and the wind. Hydrogen produced from renewables by means of electrolysis is referred to as “green” hydrogen. Hydrogen generated in this way can be used as a climate-neutral fuel by modern gas engines, which convert it into electricity in a highly efficient manner. The waste heat can be used for heating and cooling. Our new Series 500 natural gas systems can be upgraded to run on green hydrogen.

Benefits:

Applications flexibility

The highly adaptable mtu Module Control (MCC) automation system enables genset integration with diverse applications, even with complex systems such as microgrids.

Modular design

With our modular products and individualized scope of delivery, we can offer clients tailored solutions for all types of power generation applications – from pure gensets to complex CHP plants.

Global service support

All units are fully integrated with the mtu service landscape and supported by our global service network.

Low OPEX

42.6% genset power efficiency is “best in class” for this power segment, allowing for significantly lower operating costs.

Comprehensive integration

Intelligently integrated hybrid and microgrid solutions that maximize operating cost savings have made us a highly sought-after solutions provider.

Low emissions

Highly efficient combustion technology results in consistently low emissions.

Series 500 and the mtu Module Control – the perfect match

mtu Module Control (MMC) - Continuous system monitoring

If the gas engine is the heart of the genset, then the mtu Module Control is the brain. Housed in a separate panel next to the genset, the MMC automation system handles all important functions needed for continuously monitoring and controlling the entire system.

  • Industrial PC with colour touchscreen 
  • Monitors all processes 
  • Logs all activities 
  • Seamless environment integration 
  • Multi-module system networking 
  • Supports numerous protocols 
  • Optional remote diagnosis via DSL or ISDN 
  • Optional integration of SMS/email client (notification of faults, daily reporting of all meter readings)

CHP Project Planning

Individual advice for individual solutions

Our support for your individual CHP system. Choosing the appropriate CHP system for your demands depends on various factors. That is why we offer you comprehensive support, all the way from the project conception to implementation.

  • Help with planning your new CHP module
  • Expertise to help you incorporate the CHP module into your application
  • Explanations of the technology behind the engine, system and individual components
  • Proposal complete with budget price for planning stage and fixed price for implementation
  • Design and planning of peripheral systems
  • Advice on service solutions during the project stage
  • Help with questions on legal situations (EEG, formaldehyde bonus)

Teaming up for your success

The highly adaptable mtu Module Control (MCC) automation system enables genset integration with diverse applications, even with complex systems such as microgrids.

Our commitment covers every step of the lifecycle – from simulation to solution development, commissioning and digital after-sales service support, including repowering and remanufacturing.

Project planning and engineering

  • Expert planning support for diverse power generation solutions
  • Assistance with integrating it into your application
  • Detailed engine, system and component explanations
  • Planning stage budget proposal and fixed implementation price
  • Peripheral system design and planning support
  • Service solutions consultation and recommendations
  • Help with legal questions (e.g. German Renewable Energy Act levy, formaldehyde bonus)

Lifecycle solutions

Far more than great machinery, we specialize in great solutions that last. As a single-source supplier, we are able to provide support over the complete product lifecycle – from the planning and specifications to the project management, commissioning, service and more. The result is an integrated, customer-specific solution backed by our global service network and, soon, digital offerings like predictive and preventive maintenance.

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20 February 2017

A malt house has an extremely high demand for energy – both electrical and thermal. For this reason, the German malt producer, Durst Malz, has been operating two combined heat and power (CHP) plants from MTU Onsite Energy at its location in Gernsheim since July 2011 that can do both simultaneously. The type GC 357 N5 CHP plants deliver around one megawatt of heat, which is used to dry the malt. The approximately 700 kilowatts of electrical energy, which the plants generate in addition to the thermal energy, are fed into the company’s own grid, resulting in an overall efficiency level of almost 90 per cent. Two identical plants have also been installed at the Durst Malz location in Bruchsal-Heidelsheim.

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