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South Tyrol 03

Manager:  Private Italian firm • Location: Province of Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol, Italy
Plant: 1 x ZE-50-ULH Low-Temperature Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Module, nominal output 50 kWe
Application: Heat recovery from processes (pyrolitic gasification) and engines (syngas-fueled genset)


Mappa NordPowerThe client who commissioned this plant is an ad-hoc enterprise located in a suburb of Merano/Meran, a large town in the province of Bolzano/Bozen, not far from the northern border of Italy. The plant was created for the purpose of producing electric power as a technological demonstrator for the efficient combination of Burkhardt gasifiers with ORC systems.

The plant served by the supplied ORC system is composed of two Burkhardt wood pellet gasifiers producing combustible gas fuel (syngas) feeding two MAN gensets with an overall power output of 360kWe.

The standard ZE-50-ULH ORC module installed in this plant recovers waste heat from both the pyrolitic process (which would otherwise be lost in the output gases) and from the cooling jackets and flue gases of the MAN gensets, and converts it into electricity.

The ORC module adds a further 45kWE to the 360kWE produced by the gasifier/genset plant, thus raising total power output to 405 kWE and increasing performance by about 9% with respect to the "naked" system. The compactness of the standard ORC skid allowed it to be installed in the same technical space hosting the gasifiers and the engines.
The gasifiers are fed locally-produced wood pellets, a biomass fuel which - as all biomass - is CO2-neutral, given that the carbon dioxide released during gasification and combustion is the same that was been captured during the growth of the trees from which the pellet comes.

Below you will find a photogallery regarding this plant. Click on an image to enlarge it.
A general view of the plantA general view of the plant The ZE-50-ULH module skid in place, seen from the piping attachment endThe ZE-50-ULH module skid in place, seen from the piping attachment end The ZE-50-ULH skid in place, seen from the sideThe ZE-50-ULH skid in place, seen from the side A general view of the Burkhardt gasifiersA general view of the Burkhardt gasifiers One of the gasifiers in closer viewOne of the gasifiers in closer view A perspective internal view of the plantA perspective internal view of the plant

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