Saxlund provides fuel handling systems to 2 UK bioenergy plants

By Erin Voegele | September 07, 2017

In the U.K., Saxlund International recently announced it is supplying fuel handling systems to a biomass power project and a green gas generation plant.

On Sept. 4, Saxlund announced it will supply a fully automated fuel reception and delivery solution to a green gas generation plant under construction by Advanced Power and Cadent. The facility, which is expected to begin operations in early 2018, will convert household waste into a biobased substitute natural gas (BioSNG).

According to Saxlund, the facility will take in 10,000 metric tons of household waste annually and produce 22 GWh of BioSNG, which is enough to heat 1,500 homes or fuel 75 heavy-duty vehicles for a year.

Saxlund was chosen to provide an automated solution to the facility that incorporates fuel reception, storage and discharge of refuse-derived fuel (RFD) to feed the downstream fluid bed gasifier, which is coupled to a plasma converter.

The selected solution incorporates Saxlund’s Truck Docking Stations (SAX-TDS), Push Floor storage bunker and chain conveyors to transport fuel to the gasifier. An active dust filtration system and inflating seals between the Docking Station and delivery trailers will minimize dust.

On Sept. 6, Saxlund announced it is also delivering a feedstock handling and storage solution to the Tansterne Advanced Biomass Project, a 21 MW biomass energy plant in Hull, following a contract with plant designer Heat Recovery Solutions.

Saxlund will design, install and commission a complete fuel handling solution comprised of two fuel lines, each feeding an advanced fluidized bed boiler. The company said each fuel line incorporates a crane-fed Saxlund Push Floor fuel bunker and chain and belt conveyors, with supporting structures and access towers. Additional technology incorporates non-ferrous and ferrous metal removal, oversized screening and a weight belt solution to ensure fuel meets the required specification with a correctly metered flow at the boiler.

According to Saxlund, the system is designed to handle 400,000 metric tons of waste wood annually. Commissioning of the system is expected later this year.