$22 Million Woody Biomass Boiler Up And Running In Montana

It’s the beginning of a new era at F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. The company’s new $22 million biomass plant is making steam and soon will be churning out electricity to the grid. The company began work on the new facility about a year ago, and in late May, the facility began burning fuel. […]

It’s the beginning of a new era at F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. The company’s new $22 million biomass plant is making steam and soon will be churning out electricity to the grid.

The company began work on the new facility about a year ago, and in late May, the facility began burning fuel. Right now, it makes enough steam to run the company’s kilns to dry lumber. The old boiler, which dated back to the early 1900s, was demolished a few weeks ago.

But next month, Stoltze will begin testing electrical production. When fully up and running, the new boiler will produce 2.5 megawatts — enough to service about 2,500 homes. The project was made possible with cooperation from the U.S. Forest Service, the Montana Department of Natural Resources, Flathead Electric Cooperative, the Bonneville Power Administration and others.

Last year, the Co-op sealed a power deal that help make the plant feasible. The Co-op’s board set a criteria that the impact from purchasing Stoltze’s power at 9 cents a kilowatt-hour could not raise members’ retail rates by more than 1 percent. The 2.5 megawatt purchase amounts to about 1 percent of the Co-op’s total load, so there is little impact to costs.

The new plant, built by Wellons Inc. out of Vancouver, Wash., embraces high technology. Water from the company’s well is purified and then made slightly alkaline to prevent corrosion. The furnace runs on waste wood — sawdust and wood chips called hog fuel. The fuel is burned in a large vortex with fans circulating air from above and below the combustion chamber to maximize the efficiency.

From HungryHorseNews.com: http://www.flatheadnewsgroup.com/hungryhorsenews/article_6a63c004-eeef-11e2-a52d-001a4bcf887a.html

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