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Wood – the new biofuel Efficient Solutions In Demand [cont]
SWITZERLAND - Recycling waste wood into energy
Using waste wood to fire a power station is extremely environment-friendly. First of all it’s a renewable resource; it’s also a by-product that would not be used otherwise and, best of all, it is completely CO2 neutral.
Tegra, a Swiss energy company, uses it to produce 350,000 megawatt hours of energy annually. For their ground-breaking initiative, they won Switzerland’s prestigious Watt d’Or award. Cat machines are part of the success-story.
Tegra was founded in 2004 and two years later the first boiler of their wood-waste-fired steam-electric generating station went online. In 2008 a third one started to produce energy. On average, the three boilers generate 128,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, corresponding to the annual consumption of 27,200 houses, and 220,000 megawatt-hours of heating energy, equivalent to the annual consumption of 23,000 houses. The plant also delivers processing steam and electricity to a nearby sawmill and a chemical plant to help them to minimise their use of fossil fuels.
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Roger Lindley MCIM
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