Polish dairy replaces coal with cogeneration

One of the largest dairy factories in Europe is to replace a coal-fired facility with combined heat and power technology as Poland continues to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels.

Mlekovita, the first dairy factory established in Poland, is to see installation of the facility carried out by Dresser Rand in conjunction with its local partner in Poland, Energotechnika.
Prior to installing the CHP facility, the factory used 18,500 tonnes of brown coal a year. Replacing the coal-fired facility with a CHP system enabled Mlekovita to obtain the ‘Yellow Certificates’ from the Polish government because of increased efficiency from the new system.

The CHP plant uses four Guascorà‚® SFGLD natural gas gen-sets that provide 1.6 MWe of power. The gen-sets warm up the condensates back-flow for the steam boilers from the dairy factory and produce process steam at 4 bar for internal use.

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