There IS a way to dispose of chicken dung in a way that's efficient, profitable and environmentally friendly - and Zuccato Energia has already implemented it! Click here for Info...
A low-enthalpy, high-efficiency LT-ORC module that's ideal for waste heat recovery from low temperature thermal sources (e.g. engine cooling jackets, flue gases, geothermal heat)
A Rankine-cycle power production module ideal for primary power production in small/medium sized plants when combined with any type of boiler
Our Low Temperature Organic Rankine Cycle power generation modules are all mounted in self-contained skids ready to be integrated in your system by simply connecting them to the thermal loop (hot or overheated water depending on the model).
Azienda Agricola Vegnaduzzo
Manager: Azienda Agricola Andrea Vegnaduzzo srl
Location: Arzene (Pordenone, Italy)
Plant: 1 x ZE-150-LT power generation module
Application: Primary energy production in connection with a boiler fueled by chicken dung
Manager: Gilegno di Grossoni Ernesto & Figli Snc
Location: Sommalombardo (Varese, Lombardy, Italy)
Plant: 1 x ZE-100-LT ORC energy production module
Application: Primary energy production in combination with a boiler burning wood chips
Ortoimballaggi srl is an Italian firm specializing in the production of agricultural packaging (particularly pallets and small wooden crates for fruit and vegetables) which decided to monetize their production scraps by burning them in a specific boiler after reducing them in wooden chips to simplify moving them and enhance combustion. The heat generated by their combustion is conveyed through an overheated water loop to a ZE-175-LT organic Rankine cycle energy production module, supplied by Zuccato Energia and placed in a small purpose-built building.
This micro power plant uses a movable grate boiler which is capable of a 1300-kWT thermal output and is equipped with particulate filters. The ORC module, as all Zuccato Energia systems, is supplied mounted inside a stand-alone metal frame ("skid") which also includes control electronics and power converter (inverter). The braking chopper resistor banks are mounted instead in a separate cabinet, located near a ventilation grid. The condensation stage dissipates axcess heat through an EvapCo cooling tower placed on the roof of a nearby building.
As said before, the fuel used in this plant is virgin, untreated wood, a renewable, clean-burning, environment-friendly fuel made even more convenient by local and state incentives. Wood is also CO2-neutral, as the CO2 released in the atmosphere during combustion is the same which was captured by the plant while growing.
Below you can see a photo gallery regarding this installation: click on an image to enlarge it in a new tab.
An aerial overview of the site. The ZE-175-LT skid being tested before shipping in Zuccato Energia's test area The skid being loaded on the truck for shipping to Sicily. A general view of Ortoimballaggi's wide loading area Part of the warehouse. The client is a leader firm in the production of agricultural packaging Part of the production line. Only quality, untreated virgin wood is used. The wooden scraps destined to become fuel for the boiler. The chipping machine reduces the scraps in fast-burning small wooden chips Wood chips being taken for loading in the boiler's fuel hopper The building which hosts the ORC module. Behind, a glimpse of cooling tower and chimney. A detail of the ORC building. The skid may be glimpsed through the open door The ZE-175-LT Organic Rankine Cycle energy module, seen from the right side. The ZE-175-LT ORC module in its skid, seen from the left side The 1300-kWT movable grate boiler, fueled by wooden chips R to L: boiler, dust trap and and flue gas treatment system The dust trap. Wood burns cleanly, requiring only minimal flue gas treatment. The wood chips loading screw which brings fuel to the boiler The cooling tower which dissipates the excess heat of the ORC condensation stage