Maine wood pellet plant installs ORC system
Turboden, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and a leader in Organic Rankine Cycle turbogenerators for distributed power generation employing renewable sources and waste heat, successfully delivered an ORC system to Maine Woods Pellet Co., a pellet manufacturer based in Athens, Maine.
The biomass ORC unit produces 8 MWe, the largest biomass solution currently produced by Turboden. The plant has been successfully operating since October 2016, and has already outperformed the expected power output, producing 9 MWe.
Maine Wood Pellets Co., a 100,000 ton-per-year facility, utilizes wood waste from forestry operations—logging and sawmill residues—to generate electricity to be employed in its production process. The cogeneration plant uses a novel combination of both exhaust and condenser heat to pre-dry the feedstock for the existing pellet plant, making this the first biomass project to fully qualify for Massachusetts Standard Class 1 regulations for renewable energy credits under the state renewable energy portfolio standard.