ElectraTherm generates biomass power in Maryland

By ElectraTherm | June 12, 2017

ElectraTherm, a leader in distributed, waste heat to power generation, shipped a Power-plus Generator 4400 to Maryland, where it will utilize waste heat to generate emission-free electricity. This is the first application of its kind to cleanly burn chicken manure to generate clean energy, and one of eight Power-plus Generators commissioned in 2017 to date. The site will use a combination of waste biomass and combined-heat-and-power (CHP) technology to generate clean energy and offset site power loads.

ElectraTherm utilizes Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and proprietary technologies to generate power from low temperature heat ranging from 170-252 degrees Fahrenheit. At the site, chicken manure is burned to fire a fluidized bed combustion system producing useful thermal heat. The addition of the Power-plus allows the site to act as a CHP system, producing both heat and power. The heat fuels the Power-plus Generator to generate clean electricity that will offset onsite power consumption at the farm, and excess heat is also used to heat chicken coops.

This machine represents the first of four (three in the U.K. and one in the U.S.) machines commissioned for BHSL in 2017. In addition, ElectraTherm recently commissioned four more Power-plus Generators in the United Kingdom, all on biomass applications.

ElectraTherm’s Power-plus Generators utilize waste heat on applications such as internal combustion engines, biomass, flare gas (at oil & gas wells, wastewater treatment plants and landfills) and geothermal/co-produced fluids. ElectraTherm’s Power+ fleet recently surpassed 700,000 hours of runtime.