Scottish renewable power company breaks into district heating sector in Austria

Chris Armitage
Chris Armitage

An East Kilbride-based energy company has won its first order from Austria with the installation of its patented Steam Expander System as part of a district heating scheme.

Heliex Power’s gen-set has been fitted to a modified six-megawatt biomass heating plant in the town of Oberturm, near Salzburg.

The installation of the system will enable the plant to create energy out of the “wet”, or saturated, steam produced by its biomass boiler, providing low-cost electricity to the local area.

The cogeneration plant is owned by Nahwaerme.at, a leading Austrian developer and operator of renewable energy projects, with around 60 plants across the country. The Oberturm project was planned by Heliex’s Austrian channel partner, CP i-Invest GmbH, and Enzesberger Ingenieurbüro KG.

With a power output of 132 kilowatts, the Heliex system will pay for itself in less than two years, supported by the Austrian feed-in tariff incentive scheme for small combined heat and power applications.

Chris Armitage, Chief Executive, Heliex Power, said: “The gen-set is ideal for district heating schemes – it’s flexible and delivers consistent power output. This deal in Austria is just the latest in a series of projects we’re involved in that have direct economic and sustainability benefits for local communities, as well as the businesses by which they are specified.”

Heliex has already sold nearly 50 units in the field, clocking up more than 100,000 operating hours in  Poland, France, and Italy.

19 Sept 2017

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