The biomass industry is growing fast, with over 800 plants being planned in the next 5 years throughout the world, reaching a total capacity of over 12 GW.
There are technical challenges in operating such a plant, however, and many of these are directly related to its operation and maintenance. For example biomass plants are typically more prone to fouling, which can affect a number of components such as the induced and forced draft fans. Moreover, there is often only a single train in the power station, which is minimally staffed with minimal specialist supervision. Despite these challenges, there is very little tolerance for unnecessary downtime so an effective condition monitoring strategy is considered vital for biomass power plants.
“Remote condition monitoring of automated biomass power stations” was presented by Brüel & Kjær Vibro as a poster at the 25th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (EUBCE 2017) in Stockholm, Sweden, 12-15 June, 2017, the largest European venue dealing with biomass power plant technology and business.
B&K Vibro’s expertise in monitoring biomass plants is based on many successfully realized projects such as:
- Tilbury Green Power biomass power plant – UK – 40 MW
- Bischofferode – Germany – 20 MW
- Piesteritz – Germany – 20 MW (includes process steam for a nearby fertilizer company)
B&K Vibro takes an active role in venues such as this one for sharing monitoring expertise to EPCs, service providers, owners and operators based on the experience gained from our current biomass projects.