Power plant installs air-supported conveyor

In Emden, Germany a totally enclosed, air-supported conveyor system has been installed at a biomass-powered power plant generating 20MW of renewable energy a year.

The system feeds the facility’s new woodchip-fired block, while it manages to control the majority of fugitive materials in the strong winds common to its North Sea location.

Owned by BKE and managed by Statkraft Markets GmbH Kraftwerksgruppe Nord-West, the facility’s new conveyor installation complies with stringent dust control specifications and prevents nuisance dust from landing on automobiles parked in transit lots nearby.

The conveyor needed to have a relatively long span in order to transport bulk material 167 metres from the ship unloading facility to two storage silos. And due to its proximity to the sea, corrosion protection was essential to the conveyor system’s durability.

The system has the ability to operate for extended periods of time with very little maintenance, preventing the escape or build-up of fugitive material, while at the same time protecting the load from rain that would introduce unwanted moisture to the fuel.

Source: Martin Engineering

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