“The trade fair is an interesting window on the world for us,” explains Sture Hansson, Petrokraft’s head of marketing and business development. “This time we have several current reference projects to exhibit. Satisfied customers are the best form of marketing.”
There is widespread interest in converting fossil-fuel furnaces to run on biofuel. “There’s a lot of activity throughout Europe and North America is coming on strong now, too,” Hansson confirms.
He says the usual reasons are both cost and the environment:
“Lower operating costs give a quick investment payback. Giving a company a green profile is also increasingly popular. And everyone is trying to reduce their fossil carbon use. If they can combine all these interests, as in this case, then of course it’s a good idea.”
Petrokraft’s system is used both when converting an existing furnace to biofuel and when constructing a completely new heating facility.
“PCES is based on three modules: fuel handling, the burner, and flue gas equipment. The modular system makes installation fast and easy, and is designed to fit most furnaces currently on the market, both for steam and for hot water.”
Small size, big capacity
Another major advantage of PCES is that it is flexible with regard to the type of fuel used.
“The main fuel is pulverised biomass from wood or agricultural products,” Hansson says. “But the system can also run on oil or gas if you want to use them as a backup fuel source. Many people like the idea of not being tied down to a specific type of fuel.”
In developing PCES, a major focus was to give the system a small footprint:
“Space is often scarce in existing furnace rooms, so this type of compact solution is in demand,” he adds.
The system works in both large and small heating facilities. One PCES pilot project is located in the town of Ljungsbro, Sweden, and is operated by Tekniska Verken, the district heating supplier in the nearby city of Linköping.
“We’ll be showing more examples at World Bioenergy,” says Hansson. “We see potential users in most industries and businesses, from production and manufacturing to public-sector buildings.
“Based on our experience in 2008, we know that World Bioenergy has a strong international focus. Exhibiting at World Bioenergy 2010 is part of our campaign to reach potential customers worldwide.”