Charlotte, N.C.-based Metso Power has won Power Engineering magazine’s Biomass Project of the Year Award for its 100 -MW Nacogdoches Generating Facility in Sacul, Texas.
The award was announced last week at the Power-Gen international conference in Orlando, Fla.
The plant, which runs entirely on waste-wood biomass, is owned by Southern Power, a subsidiary of the Southern Co., which operates the plant under a 20-year contract with Austin Energy, the municipal power company for Austin, Texas.
The Nacogdoches Project represents a Metso-supplied boiler island with the world’s largest BFB Boiler. The project also included Metso Automation Flow Control Devices and a Metso DNA plant-wide distributed control system.
Dave King, Area President, North America, Power business line, Metso, said “the Nacogdoches project is a success since it plays a key role in preparing the City of Austin to meet its goals for sustainable power generation.
"Furthermore, this project would never have been possible if not for the excellent track record of Metso's existing global BFB base, and the ability to design a utility-grade biomass boiler capable of low emissions and high availability," King said.
Helping to bolster its sustainability is that fact all of its feedstock can be procured within a 75-mile radius of the plant.