June 12 (Renewables Now) - Projects with a capacity of nearly 21 MW have secured contracts in Germany’s first tender for innovative combined heat and power (CHP) plants, with the average price arriving at EUR 0.1027 (USD 0.12) per kWh.
The tender sought to award 25 MW for projects that combine a cogeneration plant, an innovative renewable heat source such as solar thermal systems, geothermal energy or heat pumps, and a power generator. It got seven bids for 23 MW, but two were invalidated.
The highest bid was for EUR 0.1094 and the lowest for EUR 0.0847 per kWh, Germany’s Federal Network Agency, or the Bundesnetzagetur, said on Tuesday.
The innovative CHP tenders in Germany are to help determine the role of CHP plants in decarbonising power and heat supply, the agency said in April, when it announced the start of the competitive process. At the time, in parallel with the innovative CHP tender, the Bundesnetzagetur launched Germany’s second normal CHP auction, the results of which were also announced today.
The regular CHP tender targeted a bit over 93 MW of capacity and awarded 91 MW across 14 projects at an average price per kWh of EUR 0.0431. The lowest bid was for EUR 0.0299 and the highest for EUR 0.052 per kWh.
The next call for tenders is planned for December 1 with a 77-MW target.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.18)