Italy-headed Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbo generator manufacturer Turboden S.p.A., a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has announced that its Turkish subsidiary Turboden Turkey A.Ş has signed an order with Güres for the supply of a new ORC unit to be installed at the company’s main production site in Manisa, Turkey.
Güres is the largest integrated egg producer in the Republic of Turkey with an annual production of about 800 million eggs. According to a statement, the ORC system to be supplied by Turboden will be part of an innovative process that generates electricity from chicken manure and the project is the result of several years of R&D activities undertaken by Güres to turn a major environmental issue into clean energy.
A Turboden 2.3 MWe ORC will convert the heat from the combustion of chicken litter into electric power and hot water. While the electricity will be sold to the grid at a feed-in tariff (FIT) rate specific for bioenergy, the hot water will be employed in tailor-made dryers specifically designed by Güres to dry the chicken litter prior combustion. About 300 tonnes of chicken litter per day will be sourced entirely from Güres’ egg production.
The main components of the ORC unit will be produced locally by Turboden’s Turkish subsidiary Turboden Turkey A.Ş. As a result of using locally fabricated components, Güres will qualify for a higher FIT feed-in tariff for electricity sales, US$153 per MWh instead of US$133 per MWh.
The start-up of the plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018 and the value of the order has not been disclosed. Turboden has 10 ORC plants in Turkey, of which 6 already in operation, with an overall power capacity of 35.7 MWe.