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Biomass CONSTRUCTION UPDATE Biomass Power

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Biogas

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The Heat is On by Anna Simet

The Polar Vortex is back, and certain industry segments are welcoming the frigid temperatures, after consecutive soft winters. For others—including many facilities graduating to completion in this quarter’s Biomass Construction Update—the heat and power switches are on, and all systems are go. From wood chips to pellets to food waste, biomass is keeping homes and businesses around the globe warm and lit up. Coming online this quarter are Blue Sphere’s Charlotte, North Carolina, biogas plant; DONG Energy’s Avedore Power Station in Denmark; Green

Biologics’ Minnesota n-butanol plant; Highland Pellets’ facility in Pine Bluff, Arkansas; and PHG Energy’s waste gasification plant in Lebanon, Tennessee. Besides expecting several additional featured projects to come online in the new year, BCUD welcomes the addition of Phoenix Energy’s North Fork Community Power, a 2-MW plant to be built in phases, utilizing wood waste derived from forest thinning and wildfire prevention activities in California. To have your project featured in Biomass Magazine’s quarterly construction update, email asimet@bbiinternational.com. Dublin Waste-to-Energy Ltd.

CITY OF LEBANON

Poolbeg, Dublin, Ireland

Engineer/builder/operator

Covanta Energy Corp.

Primary fuel

Municipal solid waste

Combustion technology

Duro Dakovic steam boiler

Nameplate capacity

58 MW

Combined heat and power

No

Government incentives

Ireland’s renewable feed-in tariff 

IPP or utility

IPP

Groundbreaking date

Q4 2014

Start-up date

2017

Construction is nearing completion, with first firing of MSW expected in March.

PHOTO: PHG ENERGY

City of Lebanon, Tennesee, Waste-to-Energy Facility

Location

Skærbæk Power Station Project Complete

Location

Kolding, Denmark

Engineer/builder

B&W Vollund

Primary fuel

Wood chips

Boiler type

B&W Vollund fluidized bed

Nameplate thermal capacity

280 MWth

Heat enduse

District heat and electricity

$250,000 Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grant

Government incentives/grants

N/A

Groundbreaking date

September 2014

IPP or utility

IPP

Start-up date

2017

Groundbreaking date

April 2016

Start-up date

Q4 2016

Opening of the converted plant will take place in 2017. It is expected to be fully operational by the 2017-´18 heating season.

Location

Lebanon, Tennesee

Engineer/builder/operator

PHG Energy, Applied Chemical Technology

Primary fuel

Waste wood, sewer sludge and scrap tires

Combustion technology

PHG downdraft gasifier

Nameplate capacity

400 kW

Combined heat and power

No

Government incentives

The plant is online and operational, and the commissioning process continues.

North Fork Community Power Location

North Fork, California

Engineer/builder

Phoenix Energy

Primary fuel

Forest biomass/thinnings

Combustion technology

GE gasifier

Nameplate capacity

Avedøre Power Station Location

Copenhagen, Denmark

Engineer/builder

DONG Energy

Primary fuel

Wood pellets

Boiler type Nameplate thermal capacity

932 MJs (with Unit 2)

2 MW

Heat enduse

District heating

Combined heat and power

No

Government incentives/grants

Government incentives

$4.9 million California Energy Commission EPIC grant; $900,000 in New Markets Tax Credit financing

Groundbreaking date

932MJ/s heating

IPP/Utility

IPP

Start-up date

Q4 2016

Groundbreaking date

November 2016

Start-up date

Phase 1: June 2017

Civil works began in November, and equipment is expected to be delivered on-site imminently.

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Project Complete

After the 18-month construction process, DONG has finished converting Avedøre Power Station Unit No. 1. The entire CHP plant is now able to produce heat and power based on wood pellets and straw, rather than coal and gas.


2017 January Biomass Magazine