Manager: Soccar Srl
Location: Laives (Bolzano/Bozen, Italy)
Plant: 1 x ZE-50-ULH 50-kWE LT-ORC module
Application: Thermal recovery from cooling jackets and fumes of a vegetable oil- fueled engine
Soccar is a truck dealer located in Laives (near Bolzano/Bozen) which has decided to install a micro-thermolectric power plant on its premises, taking advantage of the very interesting all-comprehensive tariff the Italian government offers for newly-built power generation plants fueled by biomass or renewable sources.
In this particular case, the module supplied by Texas Green Technologies' Italian partner Zuccato Energia is a ZE-50-ULH LT-ORC power generation module having a 50-kWe power output. It operates by recovering waste heat from the cooling jackets and the exhaust gases of a MAN 420 model 2842 LE 211 engine fueled by vegetable oil and having a power output of 420 kWE . The addition of our LT-ORC module to the existing system thus increases overall productivity by more than 10%.
The MAN 420 derives from a heavy-oil fueled marine engine, optimized to burn the new biofuels and connected to a generator to convert the developed mechanical energy into electricity.The biofuel used in that engine (rapeseed oil from certified EU sources) is a sustainable and renewable energy source made very competitive for power production by state and regional incentives.
As all biomass-derived fuels, rapeseed oil has zero impact for what regards CO2 emission, as the CO2 released during combustion was the same CO2 captured by the plants during their growth. Furthermore, the residue from rapeseed pressing can be used as a healthy, high-protein foodstuff for cattle.
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