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Turboden to install world’s first high-temperature co-gen ORC plant

September 26, 2018
By Turboden

Sept. 26, 2018 - Turboden has signed an agreement with Centrale del Latte di Brescia, the municipal dairy in Brescia, Italy, for installation of the first high-temperature cogeneration ORC plant in the world – Steam & Power ORC System (ST&P ORC System).

Turboden began developing the high-temperature ORC system two years ago, also taking advantage of a research and development project supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development Fondo Crescita Sostenibile (Sustainable Growth Fund).

Turboden Steam & Power ORC System is designed to satisfy the energy requirements of manufacturing companies requiring maximum overall efficiency (>90%) with high steam content (about 75%), VS power (about 15%) and no hot water, unlike the needs satisfied by internal combustion engines (currently the leading cogeneration technology). The solution perfectly fits with the energy needs of Centrale del Latte di Brescia, leader in milk and dairy production, which will use this system to co-generate about 700 kW electric power and 5 ton/hour of steam at 15 bar needed to pasteurize long-life milk.

Turboden provides a turn-key solution, supplying the complete system, from the natural gas fired boiler – in partnership with Bono Sistemi, leading industrial boiler manufacturer – to the high-temperature Organic Rankine Cycle turbogenerator.

“We are proud to be the first world supplier of this innovative Steam & Power ORC solution and that the first unit will be installed at a neighbouring outstanding Italian company like Centrale del Latte Brescia; the unit will be used in their production processes to produce 700 kW electric power and 5 ton/h steam for milk pasteurization,” says Paolo Bertuzzi, Turboden CEO, “We are sure that this new family of products (other sizes up to 3MWel and 25ton/h) fills a gap in the current range of cogeneration technology offered and will meet the requirements of several other industrial companies in areas such as food & beverage, paper, chemical, textiles and oil & gas because of the high overall energy efficiency (>90%), prevalence of steam content (absence of hot water), low maintenance costs and high flexibility. Moreover, the ST&P ORC system can be combined with other cogeneration technologies like engines or gas turbines, to meet the customer’s specific steam and power needs.”

Franco Dusina, president of Centrale del Latte di Brescia, Ing. Bartolozzi, managing director and Ing. Bonometti, plant manager, declared: “Centrale del Latte is very sensitive to clean and environmentally-friendly solutions. High-efficiency cogeneration fits in perfectly with our philosophy: for some years we have been looking for a suitable technology for our energy needs and to improve the energy efficiency of our production plant. We are sure that the synergy between Turboden and our dairy, two important companies in Brescia’s industrial context, will certainly lead to a successful project.”

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