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Turboden to supply 5.5 MWe power-only biomass ORC to AGT in Turkey

Italy-headed Turboden S.r.L., a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and developer of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbogenerators for distributed power generation has announced that it received an order for a 5.5 MWe power-only unit from AGT A.Ş., a Turkey-based wood-based panel and furniture component manufacturer. The start-up of the plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

Turboden has been selected by AGT to supply a 5.5 MWe power-only ORC unit with an air-cooled condenser for its biomass power plant to be built at its MDF plant in Antalya, Turkey (photo courtesy Turboden).

Founded in Antalya in 1984, AGT (Advanced Technology in Wood Industry) has grown to become one of the leading companies in the production of MDF and MDF-based flooring, door, wall and furniture components. The ORC unit is to be installed by Turboden in AGT’s MDF plant in Antalya, Southern Turkey and will be part of the new “AGT Enerji” biomass power plant that will convert wood waste into electric power.

The 5.5 MWe unit is equipped with an air-cooled condenser instead of a water-cooled system. This feature avoids the use of around 250 000 tonnes of water annually compared to a water-cooled system, an important aspect of the project. On the operational side, this system assures AGT very low operational cost and the avoidance of many water-related activities such water treatment, feeding system and filters.

The main components of the ORC turbine unit are produced locally by Turboden’s Turkish subsidiary Turboden Turkey A.Ş. based in Sincan, Ankara. For the first time in Turkey, not only the turbine but also the generator is produced locally, guaranteeing the client an additional feed-in tariff (FIT) bonus of US$25 per MWh bringing the total FIT revenue to US$158 per MWh.

According to Turboden, AGT represents the 12th ORC plant installed in Turkey by the company and is the fourth plant in the biomass sector after Kastamonu Entegre (1 MWe), Güres (2.3 MWe) and Starwood (5.5 MWe).

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