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U.S. power plant gets huge biomass boiler

Aug. 8, 2011 – Metso will supply a 100-MW biomass boiler island and plant automation system to the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center in Gainesville, Florida.


August 8, 2011
By Metso Corporation

Aug. 8, 2011 – Metso will supply a 100 MWe
biomass boiler island and plant automation system to the Gainesville Renewable
Energy Center (GREC) in Gainesville, Florida. GREC has raised nearly $500
million in construction financing, of which Metso’s delivery represents more
than 25%. The new power plant installation will supply Gainesville Regional
Utilities with a firm source of renewable electricity under a 30-year power
purchase agreement.

The 100-MW biomass boiler will use bubbling fluidized bed technology and be
fed waste wood from logging and mill activity as well as urban wood waste from
clearing, tree trimming, and pallets as the main fuels. Metso’s complete
delivery scope includes the entire boiler island and flue gas cleaning system,
as well as the entire power plant automation system.
Commercial operation of the plant is scheduled for 2013, and once operational,
will provide renewable electricity for approximately 70,000 homes. The GREC
will be constructed by Fagen Inc.


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