Saxlund International was selected by contractor Galliford Try Infrastructure to provide the bulk fuel reception and handling technology going into three waste wood gasification facilities under construction in Barry, Boston and Hull, for renewable energy company Biomass UK.
With completion expected in the second half of this year, the plants will have a combined export capacity of 30MW to the national grid.
The technology includes Saxlund’s push floor reception and storage system, discharging into a conveying and screening set-up that feeds fuel into twin gasifier bins at each site.
Each system will provide on-site buffer storage for around 600cu m of waste wood and is designed to discharge some 100,000 tonnes of fuel a year.
The fully automated push floor technology is based on ‘first in, first out’ principles, designed to limit the opportunity for the fuel to degrade or compact. This ensures a resilient on-demand process with discharge, conveying and weighing system, feeding the fuel to the gasifier feed bins.
Future-proofing each site to take account of changing fuel characteristics has been a key focus – while each site is designed to work initially with woodchip, Saxlund’s design will accommodate alternative fuel sources.