Turboden, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), leader in Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbogenerators, for distributed power generation employing renewable sources and waste heat, signed an order with Starwood for a new 5.5 MW cogeneration plant in Bursa, Turkey.
Starwood, leader company for the greatest volume of chipboard under a single roof, is specialized in producing thin MDF. Every day Starwood produces 3,300 cubic meters (m3) of chipboard and 750 cubic meters (m3) MDF in four chipboard production lines.
The Turboden ORC system will produce 5.5 MW electric and 29.5 MW thermal.
The project is included in a bigger plant that calls for the expansion of Starwood MDF production facility in Bursa.
A 50 MWth biomass boiler fed by bark and chipboard production residues will supply heat for the rotary dryer and for the ORC, that will also produce hot water at 90°C for dryer purposes.
The ORC turbine, constructed by the new Turboden Turkish daughter company, Turboden Turkey ORC Turbo Jeneratör Sanayi Anonim Şirketi, recently established in Ankara, will grant Starwood the access to the local content related additional incentives offered by the Turkish Government for renewable energy generation.
A Turboden local service team, already active in the Turkish territory, will provide on-site works and after-sales services.
The integration of the ORC in an MDF production plant is an attractive application thanks to the possibility to produce a part of the own consumption of electricity of the plant and to implement cogeneration systems without significant changes to the typical MDF process scheme.
This solution has also the advantage of extremely low operation and maintenance costs and limited additional costs compared to the heat only solution, leading to an optimal pay back of the additional investment.
The effectiveness of this application is confirmed by the decennial operation of the first Turboden ORC unit supplied to an MDF production facility in Austria, Hallein, in operation since 2005.
The Starwood project is the third biomass plant in Turkey for Turboden, after the 1 MW ORC unit supplied to Kastamonu Entegre in Gebze and the 200 kW ORC unit installed in Bursa for Marmarabirlik, a further important step of Turboden advance in the Turkish market, not only for geothermal application but also for biomass exploitation.