Location: Minsk, Belarus
Project: ORC-module, 1,3 MW
Manudacturer: Turboden s.r.l.
In 2015 we finalized one of our important projects in domain of renewable energy. As a result, the fifth ORC-plant was started in Belarus. The customer in the project was Minskkommunteploset, one of the biggest heating suppliers in Minsk.
Why did we choose ORC-technology?
Alternative energy maintains reputation of an important part of sustainable development. Energy generation based on use of non-traditional sources is not only a good way to save ecology, but also an valuable solution for countries with limited natural sources. Belarus is one of such countries and traditionally it depends on import of gas and oil. Therefore, program on diversification of energy sources was accepted on the governmental level. Within its realization, co-generation plants gained high broadening.
ORC-technology is quite simple: a heat source (in our case these were boilers burning wood chips) warms up a thermal oil circuit that transfers heat to working fluid. Organic fluid moves through the ORC circuit and turns into steam making a turbine to spin. The turbine is connected to an electric generator. Meanwhile, organic fluid steam gets cooled by means of service water, is condensed, and moves to the beginning of the circuit back as fluid. You can find more about ORC technology here.
Minskkommunteploset as a big energy supply enterprise took part in the National program of renewable energy sources popularization. In the village Sosny (near Minsk), there was built a new boiler-house that works on the wood chips.
1,3 MW ORC-module won a tender as a co-generation plant. During the winter period boilers work at capacity and produces enough energy to load the module, which produces maximum amount of electric energy and heat for needs of Sosny village. During summer time heating needs are reduced and consequently module load goes down. In this period small amount of electric energy is produced, accompanying heat is used for warming up water for local needs.
We offered equipment of Turboden s.r.l. (Italy), a company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group. Italian company is a pioneer in engineering, and has a long history of successful manufacturing and maintaining ORC plants for various applications. Therefore, we chose this company as our reliable supplier.
Within project, a new room for module was built in accordance with all strict safety requirements of Turboden. Our company provided equipment and spare parts supply in full and on time, provided all required certifications and passed clearance procedures. On one of the project stages, we involved our partner company Energotechservice as an expert in mounting works. Our specialists together with Turboden representatives executed supervising, startup of the plant and training of customers’ personnel. In 2015, the complex produced the first kilowatts of energy.
Due to the contract, SIA Altenergy keeps on providing guarantee services for the plant. For convenience of the customer, we sub-contracted a Belarusian partner company for execution of maintenance services.
ORC project has become a great challenge for us and we are proud that we managed to finalize it successfully and fulfill all the customers’ requirements and wishes. At the same time, it is an invaluable experience for us and our contribution into development of renewable energy in Belarus. Since several years the plant effectively works and produces electrical and heat energy for range of houses and objects, brings a return to Minskkommunteploset.