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Turboden to deliver cogeneration plant to Turkey

Turboden, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and provider of organic rankine cycle (ORC) turbogenerators for distributed power generation employing renewable sources and waste heat, has signed an order with Starwood, producer of medium density fibreboard (MDF), for a new cogeneration plant in Bursa, Turkey.

The Turboden ORC system will produce 5.5MW of electric and 29.5MW thermal of thermal energy.

The project is included in a bigger plant that calls for the expansion of Starwood MDF production facility in Bursa.

A 50 MWth biomass boiler fed by bark and chipboard production residues will supply heat for the rotary dryer and for the ORC, which will also produce hot water at 90°C for dryer purposes.

The ORC turbine, constructed by the new Turboden Turkish daughter company, Turboden Turkey ORC Turbo Jeneratör Sanayi Anonim Şirketi recently established in Ankara, will grant Starwood the access to the local content related additional incentives offered by the Turkish government for renewable energy generation.

A Turboden local service team, already active in the Turkish territory, will provide on-site works and after-sales services.

The integration of the ORC in an MDF production plant is an attractive application due to the possibility to produce a part of the plant’s own consumption of electricity on-site and to implement cogeneration systems without significant changes to the typical MDF process scheme.

The solution has also the advantage of low operation and maintenance costs and limited additional costs compared to a heat-only solution, leading to an optimal pay back of the additional investment.

The effectiveness of this application is confirmed by the decennial operation of the first Turboden ORC unit supplied to an MDF production facility in Austria, Hallein, in operation since 2005.

The Starwood project is the third biomass plant in Turkey for Turboden, after the 1MW ORC unit supplied to Kastamonu Entegre in Gebze and the 200kW ORC unit installed in Bursa for Marmarabirlik.

Since 2011 Turboden has successfully delivered also two 5.3MW waste-to-energy ORC units to ITC-KA Enerji Üretim Sanayi ve Ticaret in Mamak and a 3MW geothermal unit to AFJET in Afyonkarahisar.