Turboden supplies 6.5 MW ORC biomass unit in U.K.

By Turboden | November 11, 2015

Turboden, a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries company and provider of Organic Rankine Cycle turbogenerators for distributed power generation employing renewable sources and waste heat, was selected to supply a 6.5 MW power-only unit for the largest ORC biomass power plant in Sheffield, U.K.

Kantor Energy Ltd., a specialized district heating design and building engineering and EPC principal contractor of the project, selected Turboden to supply the clean electricity generation equipment, the 6.5 MW ORC turbogenerator with air condensers.

The project will be built on a brownfield site in Holbrook Industrial Estate, Turboden’s ORC unit will generate more than 6.5 MW of electricity, utilizing around 55,000 metric tons of waste timber wood from demolition sites as carbon neutral fuel.

The Turboden ORC system is expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 12,700 metric tons of CO2 power year, the equivalent of taking 5,700 cars off the road for the life of the project.

The Sheffield facility will also supply renewable heat to the local district heating network, which will warm over 6,700 houses and commercial properties in the area.

Once in operation, the plant will sell electricity to GDF Suez U.K. under a long-term power offtake agreement. Veolia Energy Services Ltd. has been awarded the long-term operation and maintenance contract on behalf of Equitix, whose services involve delivery and managing infrastructure projects from bidding and closing through to construction and service provision.

The achievement of the project has been possible thanks to the investment of £30 million from the U.K. Green Investment Bank and Equitix. The investment was made to utilize innovative technologies, create new sources of green energy, cut carbon emissions and create important local benefits for the communities.

The project was promoted by UYE (U.K.) Ltd., a local private energy development company who owns and operates low carbon, sustainable energy generation and heat networks.

In the past couple of years, Turboden has provided some of the largest biomass plants ever developed in the world. In addition to the ORC system for Sheffield, four 6.5 MW ORC units have been supplied to West Fraser, an integrated products company in the Canadian province of British Columbia, which have been operating since the beginning of 2015. Also, a large biomass-fed ORC unit, an 8 MW ORC module has been supplied to Main Woods Pellet Company in Athens, Maine.