Turboden, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., will provide an 8 MW Rankine Cycle (ORC) power unit to Maine Woods Pellet Company for its facility in Athens, Maine in the US.
The contract is a milestone because the ORC power unit in question is the largest such device powered by biomass in the world.
Maine Woods Pellet Co. owns and operates the largest pellet production facility in the state, and can produce up to 100,000 tons of wood pellets per year both for the bulk and bagged fuel markets.
The Turboden ORC system will produce 8 MW converting the heat of thermal oil generated by wood residues from de-barking and chipping operations.
Maine Woods Pellet secured a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Central Maine Power (CPM) covering the power to be exported to the grid and will benefit from a tax credit for the project equity investments according to the New Markets Tax Credit
Program. Start-up of the biomass power unit is scheduled for March 2016.
This is Turboden's second order in the United States, its first being for a 1 MW ORC unit installed at Albany County Sewer District in Menands, N.Y.