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19:52 Oct 28, 2007
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Energy / Power Generation
German term or phrase: virtuell durchleiten
Hi, everyone! I'm having trouble understanding this sentence. I'm really not sure what is meant here, but I'm guessing it has something to do with a computerized operation. But, I may very well be wrong...

This has to do with biogas plants.

Die Biogasanlagen werden in modularer Bauweise errichtet. Die Anlagen werden mit nachwachsenden Rohstoffen aus der Umgebung versorgt. Die damit entstehende Wertschöpfung in der dortigen Landwirtschaft führt so zu einer Verbesserung des Stadt-Land-Verbundes.

Die dezentral betriebenen Brennstoffzellen werden mit dem *virtuell durchgeleiteten Methan* betrieben.

Der erzeugte Strom wird in das Netz des öffentlichen Versorgers eingespeist.

Any help, possibly the whole sentence, would be greatly appreciated.

TIA
SusieZ
United States
Local time: 05:12
English translation:possible explanation
Explanation:
I suspect that I know what this means because I've done several translations for a particular biogas-powered fuel cell.

In particular, the fuel cell runs on methane, which is the principle component of natural gas. The biogas generation plant produces methane and feeds into the existing natural gas grid (pipeline network), and the fuel cell draws methane (natural gas) from the grid. There is a contractual arrangement between the biogas producer and the fuel cell operator that provides that the biogas producer generates and feeds into the grid an amount methane equal to the amount consumed by the fuel cell. The fuel cell operator presumably pays the gas pipeline operator for this gas and the pipeline operator in turns pays the biogas producer.

The fuel cell thus 'virtually' consumes the methane produced by the biogas generator, although it is in fact mixed with natural gas from other sources. By extension, you could say that the methane produced by the biogas plant is 'virtually' transported to the fuel cell.

This is the same principle as 'green electricity' -- you can arrange to take 'green electricity' from a normal suppllier, who in turn arranges to have an equivalent amount of electricity fed into the grid. Naturally, the electricy you consume is physically indistinguishable from electricity produced by other means.

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Note added at 1 hr (2007-10-28 21:06:46 GMT)
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corrections: '... and fees it into the existing natural gas grid'

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Note added at 1 hr (2007-10-28 21:07:32 GMT)
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*feed* (there seems to be a law of conservation of typos)
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Ken Cox
Local time: 11:12
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possible explanation


Explanation:
I suspect that I know what this means because I've done several translations for a particular biogas-powered fuel cell.

In particular, the fuel cell runs on methane, which is the principle component of natural gas. The biogas generation plant produces methane and feeds into the existing natural gas grid (pipeline network), and the fuel cell draws methane (natural gas) from the grid. There is a contractual arrangement between the biogas producer and the fuel cell operator that provides that the biogas producer generates and feeds into the grid an amount methane equal to the amount consumed by the fuel cell. The fuel cell operator presumably pays the gas pipeline operator for this gas and the pipeline operator in turns pays the biogas producer.

The fuel cell thus 'virtually' consumes the methane produced by the biogas generator, although it is in fact mixed with natural gas from other sources. By extension, you could say that the methane produced by the biogas plant is 'virtually' transported to the fuel cell.

This is the same principle as 'green electricity' -- you can arrange to take 'green electricity' from a normal suppllier, who in turn arranges to have an equivalent amount of electricity fed into the grid. Naturally, the electricy you consume is physically indistinguishable from electricity produced by other means.

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Note added at 1 hr (2007-10-28 21:06:46 GMT)
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corrections: '... and fees it into the existing natural gas grid'

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Note added at 1 hr (2007-10-28 21:07:32 GMT)
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*feed* (there seems to be a law of conservation of typos)

Ken Cox
Local time: 11:12
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 52
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks, Ken!


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jon Fedler: simply put "virtually" in inverted commas
6 hrs

agree  Steffen Walter: Good explanation.
15 hrs
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