Siemens to engineer CHP incentives for PDM biomass outfit

Siemens has won a plant upgrade contract that will enable food waste recycler PDM Group's biomass operations to qualify for combined heat and power (CHP) incentives.

PDM’s food recovery operations in Widnes, Cheshire, are powered by carbon-neutral biomass. Siemens will enhance the performance of two small-scale steam turbines which power the CHP facilities, as part of a larger plant modernisation project.

Siemens commissioned the first turbine for PDM’s pilot plant in 2001 for the incineration and energy recovery process, enabling the sale of energy to the national grid. This led to the development of a new steam turbine in 2005 to work alongside the existing one.

The current project involves various upgrades and modifications, including new nozzle rings, turbine wheels and valve seats for the two steam turbines.

Commenting on the contract win, Siemen’s energy service marketing director Ben Hill said it was a significant contract for the company’s small single-stage steam turbine product line.

“We worked closely with the PDM team from the start to identify key issues and design an optimum service solution. We look forward to working together on this project and cementing our relationship in the longer term.”

Commissioning is expected by the end of December 2012.

Maxine Perella

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