German municipal utility plans biomass cogen

RWE Innogy is to build a biomass-fired cogeneration plant in a venture together with the municipal utility of Troisdorf, a city in Germany.

The plant is to supply steam and heat to the industrial municipal park of Troisdorf (IndustrieStadtpark Troisdorf) and is planned to have an output of 7.5 MWe and 18 MWth. The electricity produced from the 75% efficient plant will be fed into the grid.

RWE Innogy Cogen GmbH and TroiKomm GmbH, a subsidiary of Troisdorf, have entered into a shareholders agreement to establish a joint project company. RWE will hold a share of 51 % in this company, while the city of Troisdorf will have a stake of 49%. The planned investment volume will amount to more than €30 million and construction is scheduled to start in the second half of 2009.

The next step is to invite tenders for the planning and design of the plant. In parallel, the licensing procedure will be initiated, RWE says.

Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt, CEO of RWE Innogy said: 'RWE plans to significantly step up its cooperation with municipalities in the field of renewable heat and power generation. Peter Blatzheim, managing director of TroiKomm GmbH, added: 'This biomass-fired cogeneration plant makes economic and ecological sense.

Another two biomass-fired cogeneration plants are currently being built by RWE Innogy at Siegen-Wittgenstein and Troisdorf, respectively.

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