APPLICATIONS

Borealis Wood Power is an economical, reliable and renewable source of combined heat and power for rural communities, farms and businesses. It is particularly advantageous when the heat can be utilized and if there is an economical source of wood chips such as trees from community and road landscaping services.

It connects to the power grid for initial power to operate the generator and to supply the grid to take advantage of any regional preferential rates. It provides an economical energy alternative to reduce the level of dependence on energy from oil, gas, coal or nuclear power.

The wood-power plant was commercially launched for market applications in 2009. Plant sizes vary from 30 kW to 135 kW with applications from heating buildings, to dairies, cheese operations, drying hay and wood.

 

Greenhouses

Greenhouse operations have been early adopters of the CHP system given their operation’s need for heat. The return on investment is dependent on the regional rate for selling the power to the grid and also the utilities saved from CHP heat.

 

Farms

Farming operations that require heat also benefit from the CHP system.  The return on investment will vary dependent on whether there is low or no cost access to wood chips and whether the 45 kW of power can be fully utilized on site or, if not, what rate the power can be sold to the grid.

 

Rural Communities

Small rural communities or work camps are ideal applications for the Borealis wood power plant.  Its application fit is best when the heat can be used to support a micro-heating-network for 25 homes or fewer in conjunction with a community centre as base load. Power needs must exceed the 45 kW or it can be sold to the grid.

Ideal applications are where wood chip sourcing is economical due to local forests and the facility is dependent on more expensive diesel or other energy supply. VIDEO
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This system will lower this dependency at lower costs.  Payback is dependent on the operation, the cost of wood chips and other optional sources of electricity.

 

Industry

Any company that has a need for both heat and power is an ideal fit for the Borealis wood power system, especially if located in a rural setting where energy costs are high. The application requirement must be for the full 45 kW of power for immediate use. If power requirement is not that high, then this energy can be sold to the regional power grid often at preferred rates. Options for off-grid solutions are being reviewed.

The wood industry is a natural fit for this system since in addition to generating both heat and power for their process, wood waste can be recycled. The thermal energy can be used for drying wood chips, pellets, or logs. Payback is dependent on the operation but can be short pending current costs of energy demand.

 

Wood industry application

Assumptions re small wood company application

  • Price for wood chips =>  $30CAD/t    (just harvesting cost)
  • Thermal energy usage: 100% for $0.02CAD kWh
  • Power sale to the grid: $0.19CAD/kWh
  • Engine size:  L  45/99/kW
  • EBT: $45,000CAD/a
  • ROI: 16.2%
  • Payback: 6.2 years

Comments:

  • Electric power can be fed into the grid, and the thermal energy used for drying wood chips, pellets or logs.                
  • Cost of wood chips is lower due to raw materials is used where it is produced

Notice:  This is only an example of potential costs and returns on investment. This is not a promise of performance.  Each application is unique with a wide range of setup costs depending on the scale of operation.  Please use the calculator with your own assumptions for a better indicator of performance and potential payback.

Rural Farm or industry application

Assumptions of replacing a diesel generator for electrical energy

  • Diesel power cost: $0.50CAD / kWh
  • Borealis power cost: $0.14CAD/ kWh
  • Price for wood chips: => $50CAD/ton
  • Service/support: Performed externally
  • Engine size: L 45/99kW
  • Investment: $297,000CAD
  • Savings / EBT $128,000CAD/a
  • ROI 45.6%
  • Payback 2.2 years

Comments:

  • Assumes diesel fuel is transported in by truck, airplane or ship to remote areas
  • While electric power cost is high, it is still cheaper than connecting to the grid
  • Running costs may be reduced further depending on local wood cost

Notice:  This is only an example of potential costs and returns on investment. This is not a promise of performance.  Each application is unique with a wide range of setup costs depending on the scale of operation.  Please use the calculator with your own assumptions for a better indicator of performance and potential payback.

Big building application

Assumption of thermal and electric supply for schools, farms, community complex

  • Price for wood chips: => $75CAD/t
  • Thermal energy usage: 75%
  • Replacing oil-fired burner cost for thermal energy: $0.04CAD/kWh
  • Service/support: Performed externally (local mechanic)
  • Engine size: L 45 /99 kW
  • Investment $297,000CAD
  • EBT $31,000CAD/a  ROI 11.3%
  • Payback 8, 9 years

Comments:

  • Profitability is favourable when used as micro-heating network based load
  • Assumes wood chips purchased locally ( eg: public land maintenance)

Notice:  This is only an example of potential costs and returns on investment. This is not a promise of performance.  Each application is unique with a wide range of setup costs depending on the scale of operation.  Please use the calculator with your own assumptions for a better indicator of performance and potential payback.

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