A Staffordshire-based company is set to launch one of the most efficient wood-fuelled biomass generators on the market.
Talbotts Heating, a manufacturer of biomass-fuelled equipment for heating and power generation, is launching the new BG52 combined heat and power (CHP) unit, which it believes to be a world-first in terms of the incorporated automotive technology which has been used to ensure continuous operation on a self-sustaining generating cycle.
The system works by burning waste wood, in the form of pellets, in a combustor that generates hot air through a mile and a half of piping which is packed into a compact heat exchanger. The hot air from this heat exchanger then powers a turbocharger.
While much of the heat energy produced is cycled back through the compressor to charge fresh incoming air and continue to drive the turbocharger, excess energy is captured by a second turbocharger that drives two alternators via a specially designed gearbox.
The self-contained system consistently generates 25kw of power, and recycles all of the excess energy within it. In addition to electricity generation the unit also provides a source of local heating to the location receiving the power.
Talbotts managing director Paul Firth said: “Our new turbocharged BG25 CHP generator uses readily-available wood biomass in the form of wood chips or pellets to generate consistent levels of power, making it ideal for organisations in the wood working industry.
“The size of the CHP installation can power a hotel, large house, farm or modest industrial complex, but we are aiming to build units with significantly greater output, based on this technology.”