Standardkessel To Build 7.5MW Biomass Plant In Hawaii

Standardkessel, the long established German power plant technology company, has just closed it’s first U.S. based dedicated biomass project. The plant is situated on the fourth largest Hawaiian island of Kaua’i and will provide base load electrical demand for the island’s 65,000 population. The plant will be the first closed loop biomass power plant to […]

Standardkessel, the long established German power plant technology company, has just closed it’s first U.S. based dedicated biomass project. The plant is situated on the fourth largest Hawaiian island of Kaua’i and will provide base load electrical demand for the island’s 65,000 population. The plant will be the first closed loop biomass power plant to be built in the U.S.

The plant will be fuelled by wood chips produced from sources on the island and there is no off-island dependency. Power from the plant will be sold to the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to help meet their 50% renewables target. The biomass plant will reduce usage of oil for generating electricity by providing 11% of the islands capacity and increasing the share of renewable capacity up to 23%.

The electricity will be sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that provides KIUC with a lower cost solution than oil and also will provide for long term price stability. The base load nature of the biomass power will also help compliment the variable output of the islands significant solar power resources.

The plant will use the equivalent of about 80,000 tons of wood chips per year and generate 7.5 MW of electricity with a net export of 6.7 MW. The wood is provided from a number of on-island sources. About 75% of the demand will come from short rotation plantations (about 1000 hectares) while the remaining will come from clearance of invasive species and low grade wood from the islands existing forestry operations.

From Be Sustainable: http://www.besustainablemagazine.com/cms2/?p=917

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