Wärtsilä delivers first BioPower plant to Czech Republic

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 30 November 2007 at 02:01 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation was awarded a contract by Less & Timber, Czech Republic in November 2007 to supply a biomass-fuelled combined heat and power plant for the company’s sawmill in Čáslav, around 100 km east of Prague. This is the first biomass power plant Wärtsilä will deliver to Czech Republic.

The new plant will burn residue in the form of bark and wood chips from the sawmill and have a net electrical power output of 4.3 MWe, and a thermal output of up to 10 MWth. The electricity will be sold to the national grid and the heat will be used for drying in the sawmill. The electrical output in condensing operation is 5.5 MWe.

Wärtsilä will deliver a complete BioPower 5CEX plant under an equipment procurement contract without civil works and foundation works. It is due to be handed over in October 2009.

Wärtsilä’s good reputation and references were the main reasons Less & Timber chose a BioPower plant.

Wärtsilä’s biomass-fuelled plants are clean and efficient. They are practical solutions for meeting needs for renewable energy supplies with minimum environmental impact. They incorporate patented Wärtsilä BioGrate combustion technology to burn biomass fuels with high combustion efficiency and low NOx and CO emissions. The moisture content of the fuel can be as high as 55%. The SOx emissions of such wood-fuelled plants are negligible. The fly ash is removed from the flue gases in an electrostatic filter.

The BioPower plant operates on a closed steam-feed water cycle separate from the hot water system. Superheated steam is generated in an efficient water-tube boiler, and supplied to a high-efficiency reaction-type condensing extraction steam turbine driving an alternator. The water is heated by steam extracted from the turbine.

BioPower plants are highly modular, being based on well-proven standardised components with a conservative design approach. The plants can thus be delivered and installed quickly. Their proven technology results in a reliable, durable plant. They are also highly automated, enabling unmanned operation.


Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä enhances the business of its customers by providing them with complete lifecycle power solutions. When creating better and environmentally compatible technologies, Wärtsilä focuses on the marine and energy markets with products and solutions as well as services. Through innovative products and services, Wärtsilä sets out to be the most valued business partner of all its customers. This is achieved by the dedication of more than 15,000 professionals manning 150 Wärtsilä locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on The Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland.


LESS in brief

LESS provides complex services to forest owners. It was founded in 1992. Since then, the Less trademark had acquired a strong position on the market and a good reputation among its customers. Thanks to this, the company keeps growing and provides always widening spectrum of services.

In the short-term future LESS holding will stand on three equivalent pillars:
-forestry (including transport of logs)
-timber processing - sawmills (including glued solid wooden materials)
-bioenergy (combined heat and electric power production from biomass)


For further information, please contact:
Maria Nystrand
Public Relations Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1456
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: maria.nystrand@wartsila.com