Metso to supply huge biomass boiler

Metso will provide a 100MWe biomass boiler island and plant automation system to the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC) in Gainesville, Florida, USA. Metso’s delivery represents more than 25% of the nearly USD 500 million GREC successfully raised in construction financing. The new power plant installation will supply Gainesville Regional Utilites with a solid source of renewable electric power under the terms of a 30 year power purchase agreement. The 100MW biomass boiler will use bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology and waste wood from logging and mill activity. It will also use urban wood waste from clearing, tree trimming and pallets as the main source of fuel. As per the contract, Metso’s delivery scope includes the entire boiler island and flue gas cleaning system. Metso will also provide the entire power plant automation system. Commercial operation of the plant is set for 2013, and once operational, this 100MW boiler will be one of the biggest and most efficient biomass boilers in the world, supplying clean electricity for approximately 70,000 homes.

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