Sweden-based developer and provider of organic rankine cycle (ORC) technology Againity AB has announced that it will deliver its first ORC turbine to Norway. It is the Norwegian energy company Eidsiva Bioenergi AS that has chosen to upgrade its heating plant in Elverum to a combined heat and power (CHP) plant.
The 0.5 MW ORC turbine converts part of the hot water from the existing 10 MW biomass-fired boiler into electricity. Supplied by Jernforsen in 2016, the hot water boiler is fueled by recycled wood.
By upgrading the heating plant to a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, Eidsiva Bioenergi is contributing to a more fuel-efficient, climate-smart and environmentally sustainable energy system.
We are honoured to welcome Eidsiva as a new partner in our journey towards a more renewable and weather-independent electricity system. With a first reference plant in Norway, we hope to inspire more Norwegian heating companies to follow in Eidsiva’s footsteps and upgrade their heating plants to cogeneration plants, said Elin Ledskog, Head of Sales at Againity.
By using parts of the renewable fuel for electricity, Eidsiva will contribute to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions corresponding to over 1 800 tonnes per annum by replacing fossil-derived electricity in the European electricity grid.
According to Elin Ledskog, rising electricity prices and grid transmission tariffs make it increasingly profitable for small and medium-sized heating plants to combine heat production with electricity generation by installing an ORC unit.
In Sweden, the company is busy fabricating its fifteenth ORC turbine installation and interest is growing in Norway and other parts of the Nordic and Baltic countries. With the economic and environmental benefits, ORC turbines make an important contribution to local, more sustainable and weather-independent electricity systems.