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Manager: Ortoimballaggi Srl • Location: Acate (Ragusa, Sicily, Italy)
Plant: 1 x ZE-175-LT Low-Temperature Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Module, nominal output 175 kWe
Application: Power generation from biomass (wood scraps from production of wooden horticultural trays and crates)


Mappa OrtoimballaggiOrtoimballaggi srl is an Italian firm specializing in the production of agricultural packaging (particularly pallets and small wooden crates for fruit and vegetables) which has decided to monetize their production scraps by burning them in a specific boiler after shredding them into wooden chips to simplify moving them and enhance combustion. The heat generated by wood chip combustion is then conveyed through an overheated water loop to a ZE-175-LT Organic Rankine Cycle power generation module, supplied by Zuccato Energia and placed in a small purpose-built building

This micro power plant uses a movable grate boiler rated at 1300 kWT thermal output and equipped with particulate filters. The ORC power generation module, as all Zuccato Energia systems, is supplied mounted inside a stand-alone metal frame ("skid") which also includes control electronics and grid sync electronics. The braking chopper resistor banks are mounted instead in a separate cabinet, located near a ventilation grid. The condensation stage dissipates axcess heat through an EvapCo cooling tower placed on the roof of a nearby building
As said before, the fuel used in this plant is virgin, untreated wood, a renewable, clean-burning, environment-friendly fuel made even more convenient by local and state incentives. Wood is also CO2-neutral, as the CO2 released in the atmosphere during combustion is the same which was captured by the plant while growing

Below you will find a photogallery related to this site. Click on an image to enlarge it.

n aerial overview of the installation siten aerial overview of the installation site The ZE-175-LT skid being tested before shipping in Zuccato Energia's test areaThe ZE-175-LT skid being tested before shipping in Zuccato Energia's test area The skid being loaded on the truck for shipping to SicilyThe skid being loaded on the truck for shipping to Sicily A general view of Ortoimballaggi's wide loading areaA general view of Ortoimballaggi's wide loading area Part of the warehouse. The client is a leader firm in the production of agricultural packagingPart of the warehouse. The client is a leader firm in the production of agricultural packaging Part of the production line. Only quality, untreated virgin wood is used.Part of the production line. Only quality, untreated virgin wood is used. The wooden scraps destined to become fuel for the boiler.The wooden scraps destined to become fuel for the boiler. The chipping machine that reduces the scraps in small, fast-burning wooden chipsThe chipping machine that reduces the scraps in small, fast-burning wooden chips Wood chips being taken for loading in the boiler's fuel hopperWood chips being taken for loading in the boiler's fuel hopper The building which hosts the ORC module. Behind, a glimpse of cooling tower and chimney.The building which hosts the ORC module. Behind, a glimpse of cooling tower and chimney. A detail of the ORC building. The ORC skid may be glimpsed through the open doorA detail of the ORC building. The ORC skid may be glimpsed through the open door The ZE-175-LT ORC module, seen from the right side.The ZE-175-LT ORC module, seen from the right side. The ZE-175-LT ORC module skid, seen from the left sideThe ZE-175-LT ORC module skid, seen from the left side The 1300-kWT movable grate boiler, fueled by wooden chipsThe 1300-kWT movable grate boiler, fueled by wooden chips R to L: boiler, dust trap and and flue gas treatment systemR to L: boiler, dust trap and and flue gas treatment system The dust trap. Wood burns cleanly, requiring only minimal flue gas treatment.The dust trap. Wood burns cleanly, requiring only minimal flue gas treatment. he wood chips loading screw which brings fuel to the boilerhe wood chips loading screw which brings fuel to the boiler The cooling tower which dissipates excess heat from the ORC condensation stageThe cooling tower which dissipates excess heat from the ORC condensation stage

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