Wood-fired district heat plant begins operations in Europe

By HoSt Bio-Energy Installations | October 22, 2018

The 15 MWth wood-fired heating plant in Lelystad, the Netherlands, turnkey supplied by HoSt and commissioned by heat supplier Primco, produces as of Oct. 10 sustainable heat for the district heating network of the city of Lelystad. Up to 30,000 tons of wood chips from necessary forest maintenance in the area will be combusted annually.

“The project was completed on schedule. We have nothing but praise for the various collaborations to make all success possible,” says Project Manager Alwin Boelsma. The heating plant can heat up to 5,000 houses and saves around 7.5 million normal cubic meters of natural gas. The official go-ahead for construction of the plant was given in December last year.


Solution high heat demand

During the high heat demand in the morning, better known as the “morning ramp,” the biomass heat plant is able to momentary supply heat. Instead of 15 MWth, the installation then supplies 20 MWth to the net. The extra heat is realized by two heat buffers that are charged during the night.