Submitted by: Biomasse-KWK-Leoben Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H. (BKL)
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Biomass combined heat and power plant in Leoben
At the site of the sawmill Mayr-Melnhof Holz Leoben GmbH (Austria), to supply process heat for the sawmill and a pellets production plant and for clean power generation, the BKL company constructed the world’s largest biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which went into operation in June 2005. The tree bark that accrues at the site is used for power generation, which assures a year-round heat supply with 100% availability. This also saves fuel delivery trips by trucks. All in all, this CHP plant along with the use of modern exhaust gas scrubbing and the retirement of existing furnaces achieved a significant reduction in air pollution in the Leoben Basin.