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New biomass heat plant in Gelsted nears completion

In Denmark, biomass combustion technology provider Linka Energy A/S has revealed that the installation of a new wood-fired heating plant is nearing completion in Gelsted on the island of Fyn. The 2.4 MW plant will replace a natural gas boiler and is estimated to save consumers up to DKK 4 000 (≈ EUR 536) per annum.

An aerial view of Gelsted Fjernvarme’s new 2.4 MW biomass-fired heat plant in Gelsted, Fyn during construction. Supplied turnkey by Linka Energy, the plant will replace natural gas with woodchips and shavings from the adjacent Carl Hansen & Søn furniture factory (photo courtesy Linka Energy).

Gelsted Fjernvarme A/S (Gelsted District Heating) will soon reduce their carbon footprint significantly, by switching from natural gas to using biomass in the form of woodchips and shavings as fuel for heat production.

Linka Energy is the turnkey supplier of the new district heating plant, which the company says will be ready for producing heat by mid-September 2019. The plant is located next to the large furniture company, Carl Hansen & Søn, who will supply the woodchips and shavings and buy some of the heating in return.

Inside the new building, is a new 2.4 MW Linka H boiler in a 5-pass design, for optimal utilisation of the fuel and to ensure high efficiencies. The cast fuel pit can store 385 m3 woodchips and 75 m3 shavings. A chain conveyor will transport the shavings from Carl Hansen & Søn to the fuel pit. The boiler system also includes a multi-cyclone and a bag filter, for cleaning the flue gas before it’s emitted through a 25-meter high chimney.

The new heating plant will supply carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral heating for around 400 consumers along with Carl Hansen & Søn, and it will cover most of the heating consumption. The current gas boiler will be used as a backup. The switch from natural gas to biomass is estimated to save heat consumers up to DKK 4 000 (≈ EUR 536) per annum.

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