Turboden to supply biomass CHP unit in Romania

Pratt & Whitney subsidiary Turboden has won a contract for a 1.4 MW Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) cogenerative power plant from Romanian furniture manufacturer Sortilemn.

The Turboden ORC unit will be installed in Gherla, Romania, and will generate 1.4 MW of electricity and about 5.3 MW of thermal power.

Heat from the ORC unit will be used in the factory’s wood treatment processes while electricity will be delivered to the grid. The Sortilemn factory consumes heat in boiling logs, in its wood presses and in its veneer and timber drying kilns. The plant is expected to fire up in the second quarter of 2012.

The ORC power system employs a closed-cycle process that uses relatively low to moderate temperature heat sources in generating electricity. ORC systems are driven by a simple evaporation process and are entirely enclosed, which means they produce virtually no emissions.

Sortilemn's order is the second that Turboden has received in Romania; the first was for a heat recovery plant for Holcim, a leading regional cement producer.

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