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Biomass - References
This 18 MW unit was installed and commissioned in 2002 at a Sierra Pacific Industries lumber mill. The cogeneration unit generates power and provides steam to several kilns with various loads depending on ambient conditions, the time of year, and lumber quality. The biomass boiler burns saw dust from lumber mill operations and additional fuels from the forest and land nearby.
As one of the UK´s largest biomass fueled power stations, Stevens Croft powers 70,000 homes while displacing 140,000 tons of CO2 per year. It also sustains up to 300 jobs in the regional economy. Stevens Croft is considered a milestone in biomass power plant development and has acted as an example of system efficiency.
The Wisaforest Mill’s biomass generator is the largest 100% biomass fired power plant in the world. In addition to supplying electricity and process steam to the mill’s operations, it also provides district heating to the surrounding town of Pietarsaari.
The Simmering biomass power plant, owned by the Viennese utility Wien Energie, is exclusively fed with fresh wood from the forest. Producing 23.4 MWe electricity in summer and 15.06 MWe plus 37 MWth for district heating in winter, the plant reduces Vienna´s CO2 emissions by 144,000 tons per annum. In operation with heat extraction, total efficiency is 83%.
Afval Energie Bedrijf (AEB; Waste and Energy Company Amsterdam) burns 1.7 million tonnes of waste per year and has recently increased its energy generation efficiency from 22% to 30%. This 8% increase resulted from installing a new SST-700 with a steam reheat system. AEB not only generates power from Amsterdam’s municipal waste, but also recovers and sells materials from the waste stream such as metals, gypsum, and salt.
Sweden’s largest biomass plant Igelsta is situated in Södertälje, west of Stockholm. Inaugurated in March 2010, it uses a biomass fuel mix consisting of about 90% renewable fuels like forest refuse, wood chips, tree bark, and 10% non-recyclable waste paper and plastic. It produces 200 MW heat and 85 MW electricity, the equivalent of heating 50,000 households and generating electricity for 100,000 residences.
The Eccleshall power plant was commissioned in September 2007 and has 13 MW of thermal and 2.65 MW of electrical capacity. The fuels burned range from woodchips, compost oversize, straw to miscanthus. The plant generates enough electricity to power 2,600 homes, equivalent to the local town of Eccleshall, making it one of the first carbon neutral towns in the UK.