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HoSt begins construction of multi-fuel biomass CHP plant in Duiven

In the Netherlands, biomass combustion technology providers HoSt has announced that it has begun construction on a new 15 MWth biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Duiven. Scheduled for commissioning in mid-2022, this unique ‘new generation’ multi-fuel installation is being built for the company Sparkling Biomass B.V. and will be able to combust both woody biomass and other biomass and residues.

An artist’s rendering of the 15 MWth biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant that is being built in Duiven, the Netherlands. The plant is sited in empty factory premises (image courtesy Sparkling Biomass).

The plant will supply a feed mill with heat, steam, and electricity from wood waste derived from the municipality of Duiven and its surrounding areas. The remaining green electricity will be supplied to the grid. In the future, the installation can be connected to the district heating network of Arnhem and Nijmegen. Initially, low-grade woody biomass will be combusted, originating from a composting plant that processes green waste.

This project is the result of good collaboration with Sparkling, where we have strived to build an installation for the future. That means constructing a sustainable and flexible plant with a minimal carbon footprint and maximum use of sustainable energy, said Wouter Kok, Sales Manager at HoSt.

Future-proof solution

With a view to future-proofing and flexibility, the installation will be equipped with an advanced technology that enables other types of biomass and residues to be combusted in the future.

The installation is suitable for converting various biomass streams into green energy, produces steam at 8 bar and generates 15 percent electricity. At the same time, the plant – once achieved – has the lowest nitrogen dioxide emissions in the Netherlands. This installation is an example for the Dutch industry, Wouter Kok said.

The installation will be built in an existing building near a nature reserve, which means stricter emission requirements. The repurposing of the empty factory hall is an additional sustainable benefit.

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