Ulrich Hartmann power plant in Irsching, Bavaria inaugurated

Today, E.ON has inaugurated a new gas and steam power plant with an installed capacity of 561 megawatts in Irsching, Bavaria. The Ulrich Hartmann power plant achieves an efficiency level of over 60 percent, which has never been seen before in plants of this type, and is hence setting new standards for efficient and environmentally-friendly electricity production.

“This power plant is part of the energy transition”, emphasized Ingo Luge, the Chairman of the Board of Management of E.ON Energie AG in his speech. “Plants like this one here in Irsching are an essential milestone on the way to the energy supply of the future. E.ON has been driving this expansion forward for many years and invested more than one billion Euro in renewables in 2010 alone”, continued Luge. “Our commitment to the energy supply of the future does not just include generating electricity from the wind and sun, but also the integration of renewables in the distribution networks as well as decentralized generation from small-scale combined heat and power plants”, underlined Luge.

The inauguration was attended by Horst Seehofer, the Minister-President of the Federal State of Bavaria, Jochen Homann, the State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, and around 250 other guests from the fields of politics, economics and science.

The new power plant close to Ingolstadt bears the name “Ulrich Hartmann power plant”. Here, E.ON continues a tradition established at the time of its predecessor companies of naming technologically-pioneering power plants after individuals who have made a special contribution to the company. Ulrich Hartmann worked for E.ON and its predecessor companies for over 39 years and was instrumental in the successful development of the Group. By setting the course in terms of strategy and enterprise, for example in the successful merger of Veba and Viag to become E.ON, and by setting the focus on the energy business, he played a major part in the company’s history.

Innovative further developments in turbine and boiler technology in conjunction with proven technology enable higher combustion temperatures to be reached in the Ulrich Hartmann power plant than in current gas and steam plants, and hence the increased level of efficiency. The gas turbine can cope with these high temperatures thanks to advanced blade materials, heat-resistant coatings and optimized air cooling of the turbine blades. The turbine has high load cycling capability, which means that the electricity production can be adapted flexibly and quickly to meet changing demand.

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