Biomass ORC system commissioned at Nechako Lumber
March 4, 2013
By Pratt & Whitney
March 4, 2013, Vanderhoof, BC – Pratt & Whitney announced its biomass driven Turboden Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) installed at the Nechako Lumber Mill in B.C. last month has now been successfully commissioned.
For the ORC installation at the Nechako mill, excess heat from the existing bio-energy system heats oil for use in the ORC system to generate electricity and heat for the industrial complex, with an expected capacity of almost 2 megawatts electricity.
The thermal system will produce enough energy to meet the needs of the pellet plant adjacent to the sawmill while operating the mill’s lumber drying kilns. Funding received from Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program enabled the plant to purchase the ORC equipment from a commercial supplier.
The IFIT program aims to support Canada’s forest sector in becoming more economically competitive and environmentally sustainable through targeted investments in innovative technologies. Investments in Forest Industry Transformation will provide $100 million over four years for projects that implement new technologies leading to non-traditional high-value forest products and renewable energies.
Installation of the Organic Rankine Cycle system at Nechako Green Energy nears completion. (NRCan)
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