Published on : Monday, September 23, 2019
Vecoplan improves social life with innovative climate-friendly solutions to generate electricity in Switzerland. Electricity is generated with the support of climate friendly machinery from Vecoplan. Switzerland’s largest wood-fired CHP plants decided to supply around 17,500 households with electricity and other necessary facilities in district heating. In this project, Vecoplan supplied all the machinery and then completed the installation as well as commissioning within deadline.
The project partners rely on the technology of Vecoplan AG and received the bulk material from the trucks, store it and feed it into the fuel furnace in metered quantities. Based in Bad Marienberg in Westerwald, Germany, the company develops and manufactures machines and plants for the resource and recycling industry. “Our tasks encompass services like planning, consulting, integrated project management, comprehensive service, installation, commissioning and maintenance,” explains Michael Müller, project manager at Vecoplan, the recycling specialist company which supplied all of the machinery. Vecoplan experts carried out the mechanical assembly of the individual units, installed the electrical control systems and commissioned the entire plant.
“There were several challenges involved in this project,” says Müller. For example, the engineers had to create a storage facility with a sufficiently large volume for the supplied fuel, enabling the boiler to be supplied around the clock. The various conveyor components also had to be precisely matched to each other and to achieve this, the technicians modified the original crane concept, for example, and developed a variant with loading and unloading conveyors.
Trucks deliver the biomass to the plant’s reception area. The unloading process only takes 15 minutes, during which the bulk material is deposited onto two Vecoplan drag chain dischargers. These devices move it to the discharge side, dose it and transfer it to the next stage, the conveyor system. Vecoplan also installed two stations at which samples of the processed material can be taken. “We dimensioned all the components of the processing line to match acceptance cycles and fuel requirements,” emphasises Michael Mützel of Vecoplan Sales. “By individually combining high-quality components, we have ensured efficient and safe operation in the plant.”
Vecoplan also impressed the plant operators with the rapid implementation of the project – Vecoplan received the order in Bad Marienberg in July 2017 and assembled the plant between February and June 2018. The first material was delivered at the beginning of October and the plant went into operation at the end of November.
The project partners on satisfaction mentioned that the new plant,“the highest priority for us was to ensure that the specific requirements were met and that the system had a very high level of availability with low power consumption,” says Roland Dietler, Project Manager at Caliqua AG. “And that’s what we have been able to achieve.”