Alberta seeks comment on biomass-fired power project

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Dec. 1 went out for comment until Dec. 30 on a September application for a 3.6-MW thermal power plant being developed by Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd.

This facility would be located at the Vanderwell sawmill plant site located in the Mitsue industrial park near Slave Lake, Alberta. The thermal energy system would consist of a biomass combined heat and power plant with one water tube boiler, one condensing steam generator and related electrical facilities. The power plant would be located in the northwest quarter of Section 29, Township 72, Range 4, west of the Fifth Meridian.

The biomass, consisting primarily of wood waste and bark, is currently being incinerated in a beehive burner. The proposed CHP biomass project will create green energy and replace the inefficient beehive burner. In the CHP biomass project, incinerated biomass produces a hot flue gas that superheats water, creating steam. The steam then flows into a turbine which is connected to a generator, where a turbine wheel is rotated to create power. The steam is then condensed and reused.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.