OLIVES: NOT ONLY OIL BUT ALSO FUEL
A cogeneration plant which obtain electricity and thermal energy
No column of black smoke will rise anymore from the fields of Calimera , country town of Salento in Puglia. The farmers will not burn outside the waste of the pruning of the olive trees: this waste material is the most widespread crop in area which burning outside, create pollution. With Uniconfort biomass boilers they will have an income by selling them to a farm, the Fiusis Ltd. led by Marcello Piccinni. It will burn them, but through a cogeneration plant which obtain electricity and thermal energy.
EVERYONE HAPPY... EVEN THE ENVIRONMENT
Uniconfort got squaring the circle because with its boiler, heats the company, produces electricity and provides income to dozens of farmers who previously eliminated their waste by burning or paying for their disposal. Furthermore, the plant works with fuel at zero kilometers. With no surprise, the project has been appreciate from the City of Calimera, the Province of Lecce, ARPA Puglia and the Ministry of Economic Development.
HOW IT WORKS: HEAT AND POWER
The plant produces 1 MW of electricity and 4 MW of heat energy per hour. The energy produced is sold to ENEL that feeds it into the town of Calimera with a fare. Cogeneration, which means the generation of electrical and thermal energy in the same plant, is a process that allows to optimize the use of the fuel but also to improve the economic yield, such as to refund the investment in a few years.
INCREASED PERFORMANCE WITH A PERSONALIZED PLANT
The system is the result of a complex design process, which has seen Uniconfort’s R&D department, test the pruning olive in the boiler for the combustion tests. Therefore, evaluated the degree of humidity, the size, physical and chemical characteristics of agricultural waste, has been better designed the plant in terms of functions, performances and emission reductions.
THE REDEMPTION OF WASTE
Uniconfort is currently the only one able to provide boilers which burns different materials, also non-standard material, in response to special needs of the customer, whether purchased material or waste material from its activity. Plants that can burn without problems with high yield,material that other boilers are not able to work: with very high humidity (up to M55) and ash residues with five times higher than the chips: apple cores, residue oil, litter mushroom beds, pruning lives and marc, sawmill waste, residues processing. All these represent a cost for their disposal but with Uniconfort boilers are become resource.