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Okeelanta Power Station We are able to offer a comprehensive range of services for biomass boilers and thermal power stations. These include feasibility studies and conceptual design through to detailed design and project management. Our portfolio includes engineering complete biomass boilers and biomass fired power stations. We work on greenfield projects as well as plant upgrades and most of the plant that we work on is installed in a co-generating environment. The cane sugar industry is a major user of our technology.

Safety - in construction and in operation - is paramount in everything we do.

These notes discuss some of the philosophies we bring to our engineering services.

Design for 150 t/h boiler Optimisation

We aim to provide plant which is fit for purpose at optimum cost in order to develop a well balanced solution to the problem in hand. In the cane sugar industry this not only means finding an elegant solution to the plant with which we are directly involved but may also require us to investigate the sugar process. For instance, we have found on many occasions that lower plant costs and higher site efficiencies can be obtained by improving the process energy balance rather than just trying to maximise power plant efficiency.

Fuel and Other Considerations

Superficially, different biomass fuels have very similar chemical characteristics. Their physical and combustion characteristics, however, vary immensely. Wherever possible, we try to evaluate the way in which the fuel is derived, its physical and chemical characteristics, its ash characteristics and how all these factors vary during the harvest season and how they might impact on boiler availability and environmental emissions.

On the power output side, we look at existing or projected load profiles and how these can best be accommodated. We also consider the required plant availability, the degree of automation required and the present and possible future environmental constraints.

Re-engineered Boiler Solutions

With this background, we select the most appropriate solution to best fulfil the identified needs, looking at the following key parameters in particular:

  • thermodynamic cycle
  • combustion equipment
  • boiler geometry
  • gas clean-up equipment
  • turboalternator performance profile
  • fuel and ash handling facilities

Our concept of using a "steam transformer" to de-couple the factory and powerhouse steam and condensate loops is gaining widespread acceptance. De-coupling prevents contaminated factory condensate being returned to the boiler and hence allowing more sophisticated thermal cycles to be employed.

Bagasse Store Design

With our computer based design models we can optimise both boiler and power station thermal characteristics. Our design team has available to it a range of programs, developed in house and bought in, to design and optimize heat and mass balances, process streams and the mechanical engineering of individual components.

Our mechanical design work runs through from conceptual design to the preparation of working drawings. Whilst sometimes this is limited to preparing general arrangements for further development by competent contractors it frequently involves the production of manufacturing drawings for issue to fabricators.

We firmly believe that building inherent operating stability into plant is preferable to spending money on over-sophisticated controls to achieve the same purpose. Nonetheless modern control systems are required on most projects. Although we are able to provide control engineering services we most often work with our Clients' control engineers.

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