Biomass ORC system outperforms expectations

An organic rankine cycle (ORC) system installed at a wood pellet manufacturing facility in the US state of Maine has outperformed its predicted power output, its manufacturer has announced.

Maine Woods Pellet, headquartered in the town of Athens, installed an 8 MWe biomass ORC system from MHI’s Turboden in October 2016.

The system has already outperformed its expected output, Turboden said, producing 9 MWe.

Through the system, waste wood from logging and sawmill residues are burned to generate power for the wood pellet production process. The cogeneration plant uses a combination of exhaust and condenser heat to pre-dry the feedstock for the pellet plant.

According to Turboden, the plant represents the first biomass project to fully qualify for the state’s Standard Class 1 regulations for Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

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