A 200-MW biomass power plant in Polaniec, Poland, that is owned by GDF Suez and began operations in November is being billed as the largest in the world to use a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler.
The CFB technology, supplied by Foster Wheeler, allows the plant to fully fire a wide range of biomasses and other fuels, including those derived from agricultural crops.
“The challenge has always been to design a boiler capable of reliably firing difficult-to-burn agro biomass while at the same time increasing steam temperatures to achieve high power plant efficiency,” said Jaroslaw Mlonka, president and CEO of Foster Wheeler Energia Polska. “This particular CFB incorporates many advanced design features that enable the Polaniec plant to achieve a net plant efficiency of over 36%, based on the fuels lower heating value, while firing solely biomass containing up to a 20% agro component.”
The plant began commercial operations six weeks ahead of schedule. Foster Wheeler provided a turnkey delivery of the boiler island and fuel yard, including design and supply of all steam generation and auxiliary equipment, civil work, erection and commissioning.
Sources: POWERnews, Foster Wheeler