mf fuels largest biomass boiler
Big bales, made by Massey Ferguson balers, are being used to produce energy and help heat 200,000 homes in Denmark
Big square 4x4 bales made by Massey Ferguson balers produced in Hesston, Kansas, are playing a key roll in the production of energy at a substantial power station in Denmark.
Avedore 2, which is situated on the coast just south of Copenhagen, is reportedly one of the world's most energy efficient combined heat and power (CHP) plants. It extracts up to 94pc of the energy content of its fuel for electricity and heat generation -- meeting the heating demands of 200,000 households and supplying electricity to over 1.3 million homes!
The power station's biomass boiler plant is also the largest in the world.
Avedore Power Station is owned by Dong Energy. The company is the result of a merger between Dong, Elsam, Energi E2, Nesa and the electrical departments of two major utilities.
Dong Energy is active in every link of the energy chain -- from offshore production platforms in the North Sea, offshore wind-farms and power plants generating electricity and heat, through to the delivery of energy to the customer.
Avedore 2, which was commissioned in 2001, replaced a number of older coal-fired generating units in eastern Denmark, resulting in a 10pc reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The power station was designed specifically as a 'multi-fuel plant', which allows it to use a number of different fuels from natural gas and oil through to a range of biofuels, including straw.
Last year, the plant consumed 172,000 tonnes of bales including rape, cereals and ryegrass from 500 different farms in eastern Denmark. Every day, Avedore 2 handles 65 lorry-loads of 24 bales. Currently these loads weigh about 12 tonnes, but with the increased density from the latest MF 2190 balers the payload is expected to increase by at least 20pc, further improving the efficiency of the operation.
The high volumes of biofuels consumed by Avedore 2 in its energy production helps the company to comply with the Danish Parliament's biomass action plan. This set a target of 600,000 tonnes of biomass to be burnt annually in eastern Denmark, with Avedore 2 alone accounting for more than a quarter of this target!