Manager: Nolotecnica Srl
Location : Laives (Bolzano/Bozen, Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy)
Plant: 1 x ZE-50-ULH 50 kWE LT-ORC module
Application: Thermal recovery from cooling jackets and flue gases of a vegetable-oil-fueled engine
Nolotecnica is a specialty vehicle rental agency located in Laives (a township near Bolzano/Bozen) which has installed a micro thermolectric power plant on its premises by taking advantage of incentives the Italian government offers for newly-built power generation plants fueled by biomass or renewable sources.
In this particular case, the module supplied by Zuccato Energia, Texas Green Technologies' italian partner, is a ZE-50-ULH LT-ORC module, having a 50-kWe power output, which operates by recovering waste heat from the cooling jackets and the exhaust gases of a 420-kWE MAN 420 model 2842 LE 211 engine fueled by vegetable oil . The addition of our ZE-50 ULH LT-ORC module increases overall productivity by more than 10%.
The MAN 420 engine is derived 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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