Can’t see the wood for the trees? Not a problem for us: various qualities of old timber are processed into environmentally friendly fuel at the Lippe Plant. This is then used to generate electricity at the site’s own biomass-fired power plant. For example to heat homes.
The power plant is highly efficient helping to conserve raw materials and protect the environment.
Numbers are nothing but smoke and mirrors? As if! The following lists a few facts and figures about the biomass-fired power plant, documenting just how impressive it is both when it comes to generating energy and promoting sustainability. In fact, smoke and emissions play a minor role as incinerating biomass – i.e. old wood – is completely carbon-neutral. The amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere is the same as that absorbed by the tree from which the timber was made.
The biomass-fired power plant is run at full capacity all year round – 24/7. Enough energy is generated to cover the requirements of a whole town.
Completely natural. Wood, a renewable material, is the only fuel used at the plant. The most sustainable way to produce energy from fuel.
Carbon emissions are cut by this amount every year thanks to the biomass-fired power plant and timber processing operations – the second-highest figure among all of the Lippe Plant recycling activities.
The reserves can be made available within no time at all. Perfect for balancing out any future dips in national grid supplies as the country switches from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
The biomass-fired power plant at the Lippe Plant is a joint venture between STEAG New Energies and REMONDIS GmbH & Co. KG
The power plant supplies itself with the fuel it needs – a practical system that provides a reliable source of input material which is always of the right quality. This is possible thanks to the timber processing facility which is also located at the Lippe Plant. The old wood delivered to the facility undergoes a multi-stage process: any contaminants are first removed, before the material is sorted, cut up and transformed into various categories of high quality fuel. All types of old wood can be used as fuel. Even problematic materials, such as treated or contaminated wood, can be transformed into electricity thanks to the efficient flue gas cleaning system at the biomass-fired power plant. Most of the input material, however, is wood from everyday items. Bulky waste for example. Residue material from the composting plant and earthworks at the Lippe Plant is also used by the biomass-fired power plant to produce energy.
In principle, biomass-fired power plants work in exactly the same way as any other power station. Having said that, however, there are a number of reasons – besides the particularly climate-friendly fuel – why this is both an excellent and a responsible way to generate energy. It all boils down to the combustion control system and the modern plant technology which enable all of the power plant’s individual parameters to be adjusted to match each other perfectly. The result is a highly efficient boiler with high levels of steam production and a good burn out. Put simply: there is a perfect balance between the amount of electricity produced and the degree of wear and tear on the boiler. What’s more, the power plant has a state-of-the-art flue gas cleaning system. This ensures that any pollutants that may be released from burning treated wood are filtered out completely. The power plant’s emission values are far below the legal limits.
The combustion of the biomass produces steam which drives the turbine, generating electricity
The combustion process at the biomass-fired power plant
Electricity must become greener and more sustainable. We’re all aware of this as are our politicians. This need is also reflected in the EEG [Renewable Energy Sources Act]. This law, which first came into force in 2000 and was last amended in 2017, aims to drive forward Germany’s gradual switch from fossil fuel and nuclear energy to renewables. The long-term goal is for 80% of the country’s electricity supplies to come from renewable sources by 2050. Biomass, the fuel used at the Lippe Plant, is one of the energy sources promoted and supported by the EEG alongside hydroelectric power, geothermal energy, wind energy and solar power. The site’s biomass-fired power plant is, therefore, not only helping to reach this goal, it is also acting as a role model in this area.
The Renewable Energy Sources Act calls for and supports the use of alternative sources of energy. This includes biomass as well as wind energy and solar power
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