• Cumulative power 191 MW

    Cumulative power 191 MW

Biomass-MSW Power Plants

Plants processing biomass or municipal solid waste generate electricity by combustion of raw material in a boiler and subsequent transformation of the thermal energy of the steam generated into electricity through a Rankine steam cycle with a turbine and electricity generator.

The most important parts to highlight in this type of plants are:

  • Biomass-MSW Handling and Treatment System: The power plant has a biomass or a municipal solid waste handling and treatment system, to comply with the requirements of the combustion unit.
  • Biomass-MSW Storage System: It allows to storage the biomass or the municipal solid waste before the boiler feeding system, acting as a lung of the installation.
  • Combustion Unit: Biomass-MSW combustion in the boiler produces superheater steam.
  • Steam Turbine: The superheated steam is expanded in the turbine to generate electrical energy.
  • Flue-gas Cleaning System: The flue-gas flow from the combustion is cleaned in order to guarantee the required emission limits.
  • Cooling System: The power plant has one cooling system, dry or wet, depending on water availability and environmental conditions.
  • Electrical Substation: It allows the electrical connection to the grid.

The benefits derived from these plants are:

  • Local Content: Biomass and Municipal Solid Waste Power Plants suppose a boost for local employment, in the operation and maintenance tasks of the plant and also in the forestry and agricultural activities associated with the management of the biomass or the collection of municipal solid wastes.
  • Sustainable Management of Forest Plantations and Municipalities: The use of biomass and municipal solid waste for energy purposes allows the development and sustainable management of forest, agricultural and municipal resources.
  • Environmental Benefit: The use of the biomass and municipal solid waste produces important environmental benefits. It promotes the cleaning and conservation of forest plantations and municipalities, thereby reducing the risk of fire and improving order and cleanliness of the public places. It also allows the valorisation of agricultural wastes and sub-products from food industry. In addition, their use replaces polluting energy sources, helping to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

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