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Spanner Re² launches new generation of biomass gasification CHP

Germany-headed Spanner Re² GmbH, a leading manufacturer of biomass gasification plants has announced that it is launching a new wood-based biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant on the market. With around 68 kWe and 130 kWth, the "HKA 70" is the first of the new generation of the woodchip-fired CHP units from the company. With an electrical efficiency increase of 20 percent, the plant is more powerful and efficient than before.

The inner of a Spanner Re² biomass gasification CHP unit here seen at the Agritechica 2017 trade show in Germany.

According to a statement, the new HKA 70 delivers more power, lower fuel consumption and features new intelligent control software. With a turbocharged 6.3-litre engine, increased heat utilization and a special cooling process, the tried and tested wood-power-technology has been further developed in a highly efficient manner.

As a standard feature, the new biomass CHP is equipped with a synchronous generator, which means that the plant is started using wood gas instead of electricity. This saves costs and ensures safe plant operation, even with less stable power grids.

The innovative Re² control system manages the entire plant operation and optimizes runtime stability. The menu structure is reduced to the essentials, which increases ease of operation and makes the control system particularly user-friendly. As a full-service provider of wood-based power and heat generation, the company offers all the necessary system components for material processing.

We are committed to making renewable energies competitive. With our new product, the HKA 70, we were able to demonstrate our many years of experience, said Thomas Bleul, Director of Spanner Re².

According to Bleul, the HKA 70 is economical with “brilliantly efficient” heat production and high utilization of its own power, even with short running times. For example, the wood-fired power plant is not only suitable for operators who have a stable high-energy demand all year round, such as sawmills, heating plants or in the hotel industry. It is, also suitable for seasonally fluctuating energy requirements, such as in the case of drying products from agriculture and forestry, which may operate 4 000 hours per year.

Furthermore, due to its modular design, the new “smaller” biomass CHP plant can be combined to increase output and several plants can be cascaded.

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