European biomass energy market is led by major projects in Denmark. Denmark’s Dong Energy is converting its 1057 MWe/502 MWth Asnaes district heating plant in the city of Kalundborg. The new plant is expected to come online in late 2019 – which will be its seventh coal-fired plant that it has converted to biomass.
The conversion of the Danish coal-fired combined heat and power plant to biomass is underway and Dong Energy signed a 20-year steam and district heating contract with utility Kalundborg Forsyning, pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk and biotech company Novozymes. The contract will help Dong carry out the conversion – with ultimate aim of phasing out coal-fired power by 2023. As per the contract the new plant will supply heat and process steam through the existing district heating network.
Dong Energy has contracted Valmet to deliver a 140 MWth biomass-fired power boiler plant as well as supply an automation system. Plus, Valmet will also provide flue gas treatment consisting of a baghouse filter, combustion air humidification, flue gas condensing, condensate treatment and a stack.
The new coal to biomass converted plant will help achieve an 800,000-tonne reduction in CO2 emissions per year at the Asnaes plant and will make Novo Nordisk’s largest production unit in Kalundborg carbon-neutral, reducing the company’s global carbon emissions by 45 per cent.
Dong said the wood chip fuel will come primarily from forestry by-products such as branches, twigs and thinning trees, and suppliers will be required to ensure that the wood chips come from sustainable forestry.
More about Danish biomass power markets at CMT’s 3rd Biomass Trade & Power Europe on 7-8 February 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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