Latin American breakthrough for biomass application

The San Juan de Olivos olive facility in Argentina is expecting to make significant savings from the installation of a biomass gen-set.

Dresser-Rand installed the first Guascor gen-set for a biomass application in Latin America at the San olive harvesting and olive oil production facility.

The technology will power the plant’s operation as well as potentially provide surplus power for the San Juan area and is forecast to save the firm up to $600,000 dollars in electricity costs every year.

Dresser-Rand worked on the project with LatAm Bioenergy Group, a New York-based engineering, procurement and construction company, focused on the sustainable development of renewable energy solutions in Latin American countries.

The “green” power project will use a Guascor SFGLD360 containerized CHP unit to gasify the facility’s biomass to produce syngas. The syngas will power San Juan de Olivos’ production facility. The biomass employed in this project will be the waste wood collected by pruning the olive trees, and the extracted olive mash and pits discarded during oil production.

The process is expected to yield roughly 250-300 kWe each day—covering all of the facility’s energy demands. San Juan de Los Olivos is also in the process of acquiring a license that will allow the facility to generate surplus electricity that can be exported to the Energía San Juan power grid.

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