Siemens celebrates commissioning of Holland Energy Park


Monday, October 2, 2017 3:00 pm EDT


Washington, DC

Siemens and Holland Board of Public Works today celebrated the commissioning of Holland Energy Park in Holland, Michigan – a modern and efficient natural gas-fueled combined cycle power plant featuring Siemens’ advanced gas turbine technology.  As the technology partner for the project, Siemens supplied two SGT-800 gas turbines, one SST-400 steam turbine, low- and medium-voltage electrical equipment and power transformers, as well as a long-term service contract for the gas turbines. The new plant’s cogeneration capabilities provide an extremely high fuel efficiency level and will generate approximately 125 megawatts (MW) in summer and 145 MW in winter.  Managed with Siemens’ SPPA-T3000 control system, the plant provides modern, sustainable and reliable power generation.

As the trend toward decentralized power generation continues, communities like Holland are working collaboratively to address their power generation needs in more socially, economically and environmentally responsible ways.  Holland Energy Park will harness cleaner-burning natural gas, which is expected to reduce carbon emissions by about half.  

"Our partnership with Siemens on the Holland Energy Park has been one of great collaboration and cooperation," said David Koster, Holland BPW general manager. "We're confident our community will enjoy many years of reliable, efficient service from the Siemens technology at the heart of our facility."

“We are proud to deliver fuel efficient, natural gas-fired turbines to the city of Holland for this modern power plant and to provide our expert long-term service” said Barry Nicholls, Senior Vice President for Power Systems Sales, Siemens Power and Gas Division. “Holland Energy Park represents the future of power generation in America, utilizing innovative solutions to provide the community with reliable, efficient and affordable energy.”

Holland Energy Park will also use its surplus heat from the circulating water system in order to expand the city’s downtown snowmelt system. Following this expansion, Holland now maintains the largest municipally-owned snowmelt system in North America – it has the ability to support a system five times larger than before. The underground pipe system spans roughly 11.5 acres (500,000 square feet) of city roads and sidewalks. Circulating water from the Holland Energy Park will run through a heat exchanger to warm water for the snowmelt system in the downtown area. This, in turn, alleviates the need to salt or plow during the winter months. The system can melt approximately 1 inch of snow per hour in temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

The new plant also includes a 3,780 square foot visitor center where the community can watch the plant in action.  Visitors can see right into the heart of the power plant, in order to learn about the role of power generation in society today and in the future.  Located at the eastern edge of downtown Holland, the 26-acre site serves as the eastern gateway to the city of Holland.

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Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.