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Spanner Re² reveals major biomass CHP project in Japan – 25 gasification units

Germany-based biomass gasification plant manufacturer Spanner Re² GmbH has announced that it, together with its Japanese subsidiary Spanner KK, is implementing a major combined power and heat (CHP) project in Japan. Using woodchip as fuel, 25 biomass CHP units with a total capacity of 1.75 MWe and around 3 MWth will be installed in cascade along with fuel drying and sieving technology. The first feed-in of power to the grid is planned for the end of 2018.

Spanner Re² GmbH has announced that it, together with its Japanese subsidiary Spanner KK, is implementing a major combined power and heat (CHP) project in Japan. Using woodchip as fuel, 25 biomass CHP units with a total capacity of 1.75 MWe and around 3 MWth will be installed in cascade along with fuel drying and sieving technology (image courtesy Spanner).

When the company was founded, the market primarily demanded decentralised individual plants. A clear movement and demand towards major projects is now noticeable. The ‘HKA 70’, with an output of around 68/72 kWel and 120/130 kWth, is a good example of how we are further developing our solutions to meet this growing trend. Through cascade systems, the power range can be extended up to 2 MWe, depending on customer requirements, explained Thomas Bleul, Director of Spanner Re².

Together with its Japanese subsidiary Spanner KK, Spanner Re² has received the go-ahead for another major cascade project –  25 biomass CHP units with a total capacity of 1.75 MWe and around 3 MWth, as well as the entire woodchip logistics with fuel drying and sieving technology, will be implemented in Japan this year. Project planning is already in full swing.

In autumn, the peripheral technology and the 25 biomass CHP units will be installed turnkey ready. The first feed-in of electricity into the public grid is planned towards the end of 2018. The heat generated from wood will be used to supply large greenhouses that require very high heat temperatures throughout the year.

The project is exemplary of pioneering heat utilisation in agriculture. It is the fifth biomass CHP project to be located in Japan by Spanner KK. The customer intensively researched about ten manufacturers worldwide and then came to us, said Akiko Okada, Business Development Director, Spanner KK.

According to Okada, the price competitiveness of Spanner Re²’s multiple plants compared to a single large plant was convincing, but also the continuous high plant availability of more than 90 percent. In contrast to a stand-alone system, a biomass CHP cascade ensures a high basic supply even during maintenance work.

In addition, 100 percent of the maintenance work can be carried out in-house, including the series produced engines eliminating expensive assignments by specialists.

The project in Japan shows that Spanner Re² has reached the league of large-scale plant engineering. A project of this size requires know-how, reliable plant engineering and a motivated, well-rehearsed team. This is what we can offer our customers, said Bleul.

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