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Thursday, 9 June 2011

GE Technology Turns Waste Wood into Useful Energy at Italian Biomass Plant

GE Press Release
June 8, 2011

As Italy strives to increase its renewable energy production to 17 percent by 2020, GE’s  alternative energy technology can help companies in the country support this initiative. At POWER-GEN Europe, GE is showcasing the Clean CycleTM power generation system, its new acquisition in the field of small Organic Rankine Cycles (ORC), which recently received GE’s ecomagination approval.

One example of GE’s technology being highlighted at POWER-GEN Europe is the new Boscaro biomass generation plant in Vigliano Biellese, Italy, designed and built by the company Ingeco of Silea, Italy.

The plant, which is owned by F.lli Boscaro, an Italian pruning and composting company, features two Clean Cycle 125-kilowatts (kW) waste heat power generation systems together with a superheated water biomass boiler and related equipment and services. The success of the project is based on advantages from the boiler and ORC system. The moving-grate boiler is designed and built to operate with a wide range of biomasses, such as the wood waste, foliage and branch wood resulting from maintenance of gardens and parks.

“The biomass boiler and GE’s innovative Clean Cycle power generation systems have allowed us to solve our wood wastes disposal challenge by converting the waste into a free fuel, with zero emissions, that we can now use to heat our buildings and to produce electricity which is sold to the grid,” said Fabrizio Boscaro, owner of the plant. “Our government promotes the development and construction of small power plants such as ours that are geographically distributed, rather than large plants. By using our local biomass resources to harness our own energy sources, we are doing our part to help Italy meet its renewable energy goals.”


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