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German power plant to get biomass handling system

Saxlund International, the fully-owned subsidiary of German energy and environmental technology group Opcon AB, has been commissioned to deliver of a biomass handling system to a coal-fired power plant in Berlin.

The 248MW coal-fired power plant is being prepared for biomass co-firing and Saxlund will provide external and internal biomass handling systems, including wood reception areas, as well as storage and conveyor systems in both power plant and boiler house.

The delivery includes conveyors and magnetic separators to separate metal for additional recycling. All designed for efficiency, minimum maintenance and high availability as well as low emission of dust and noise.

The overall value of the order is almost €3 million ($3.7 million) with commissioning set for December 2013.

‘This is a great example of how to increase the renewable element in Germany’s power production,’ says SAxlund MD Christoph Groffmann. ‘By building on existing infrastructure and adding a biomass co-firing element to fossil-fueled power plants, there is much to be gained both from an environmental and economic perspective.’