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Solör Bioenergi to install ORC at Hörby district heat plant

In Sweden, Rindi Syd AB, part of Solör Bioenergi Group, has announced that it is investing in an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine from compatriot Againity AB to produce green electricity at its Hörby biomass-fired heating plant. With an ORC-turbine, part of the hot water from the woodchip boiler will be used to produce electricity for self-consumption at the heating plant.

Sten Bergman, Technical Manager, Solör Bioenergi (left) and David Frykerås, CEO, Againity have agreed to convert Hörby biomass heat plant to a combined heat and power (CHP) plant by installing an ORC-turbine (photo courtesy Againity).

We see Againity’s ORC solutions as an interesting alternative where more traditional ORC suppliers and steam turbines do not fit for applications with existing heating plants primarily designed for heat deliveries. We expect approximately 400 MWh of electricity production annually from the Hörby plant, which covers our own needs and gives us a great opportunity to evaluate the potential of the technology, said Sten Bergman, Technical Manager at Solör Bioenergi.

The ORC turbine at Hörby’s heating plant will be installed in the fall of 2018 and will be Againity’s sixth installation in Sweden. Solör Bioenergi today supplies district heating in 43 locations where Hörby becomes the first heating plant to install an ORC turbine. The Hörby plant has a 6 MWth woodchip boiler.

Againity is grateful for the opportunity to install an ORC turbine at Hörby’s heating plant, and welcomes that also private actors have now opened their eyes to local-produced electricity on heating plants, said David Frykerås, CEO and founder of Againity.

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