An innovative bio-energy initiative which uses surplus sawdust and woodchips to generate electricity has been installed and commissioned by Balcas.
Balcas will generate 2.7MW of electricity and 10MW of heat for its own use, and wood pellet fuel that generates a further 30MW of heat. This equates to 42MW less from fossil fuels. The electricity and heat produced supplies almost all of Balcas’ requirements at the Enniskillen site – saving nearly £0.5m in energy costs – with the surplus being supplied to the National Grid.
The processing of co-products on-site results in almost 10,000 less truck journeys per year on the roads of Northern Ireland. That’s equivalent to 1,500,000 miles.
Wood pellets provide a high specific energy fuel with price stability and at a cost that is 20% cheaper than for heating oil at its current cost. The new environmentally-friendly pellet fuel produced generates enough heat to keep 10,000 homes warm throughout the year.
A picture of the Combined Heat and Power Plant at the Enniskillen site is shown below :-