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Veritas

Manager: Veritas S.p.A.
Plant Location: Mestre (Venice, Italy)
Plant: 1 x ZE-50-ULH LT-ORC energy production module
Application: Power generation from biomass-fueled boilers / waste heat recovery from thermal jackets of hot-air turbines.


veritas-map 250x232The client who commissioned this plant - Veritas SpA - is the largest multiutility company in Veneto, as well as one of the largest in Italy.
Its name, meaning "truth" in Latin, is an acronym for "V eneziana Energia Risorse Idriche Territorio Ambiente Servizi" (Venetian Energy, Water Resources, Territory, and Environmental Services). It is a fully public company, owned by a consortium whose shareholders are the Venice municipality and fifty-odd municipalities of the Venice hinterland.  Its core business is to supply environmental services, water and power to Venice and all of its shareholding municipalities.

In its directional and operational center in Mestre (near Venice) two biomass-fueled boilers generate a total thermal power around 1,3 MWT which may be used for heating and sanitary uses as well as for power generation through two Turbec hot-air turbines which can produce up to 160 kWE.

The system supplied by Texas Green Technologies'italian partner, Zuccato Energia - a standard ZE-50-ULH Low Temperature Organic Rankine Cycle module - adds a further 50 kWE to the overall grid output of the aforementioned system, raising the total power output to 210 kWE and increasing overall power output by 30% with respect to the "naked" system by recovering waste heat from the cooling jackets of the hot-air turbines. Alternatively, when the turbines are not in use, it produces the same 50 kWE by getting directly connected to the biomass-fed boilers by the control system. The compactness of the standard skid-mounted system we supplied made it possible to install it in a technical space (a steel-grating mezzanine) within the same building which hosts boilers and turbines.

All produced electric power goes into the national distribution grid and contributes, together with a photovoltaic system, to make the Mestre complex entirely self-sufficient from the energy standpoint. Thermal energy is used to heat - through a small district-heating network - the different buildings which make up the  directional and operational complex.

The boilers are fueled by wood chips obtained from forest cleaning and mowing. As all biomass-fueled sysems, this plant is CO2-neutral, as the CO2 released by combustion is equivalent to that captured by the plants during their growth.

Here are some photos from this plant. Hover on an image thumbnail to see it enlarged in the main picture.


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Veritas (Venice, Italy)The seat of Veritas SpA in Mestre, near Venice
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