La Ceresina Cattle Farm
Manager: Azienda Agricola "La Ceresina" dei F.lli Baldisseri
Location: San Pietro in Gu (Padua, Italy)
Plant: 1 x ZE-50-ULH LT-ORC module in outdoor container
Application: Thermal energy recovery from cooling jacket and fumes of biogas-fueled engines
This plant, located in San Pietro in Gu, a small village in a corner of the province of Padua adjoining the province of Vicenza, is a small-scale thermoelectric power plant born to take advantage of the favorable incentives for small-scale energy production from renewable sources.
In this particular case, the client - the livestock farm "La Ceresina" - was equipped with a biogas generation facility, where the biogas produced by the fermentation of the manure produced by their 1000-plus head of cattle fueled two MAN engine generators.
The ZE-50-ULH power generation module supplied by Texas Green Technologies' Italian partner Zuccato Energia produces an additional 50kWE by recovering residual heat from the cooling jackets and the exhaust fumes of the above mentioned engines, thus increasing overall plant performance.
Our ORC system is in this case located outdoors, under a lean-to. Upon client request, the control system has been installed inside a nearby existing shelter (which also hosts the control boards for the engines and the fermentation plant) instead being installed on board the skid as usual.
The fuel used in this plant (biogas) is an environment-friendly, renewable power source, made cost-effective also by state incentives. It is also CO2-neutral, as the CO2 released by combustion is the same that was captured by the plants upon which the cattle fed.
Below you may find a small photo gallery regarding this plant and its installation. Hover on an image thumbnail to see it enlarged in the main picture.