BioEnergy and materials handling firm Saxlund International, based in Southampton, has secured a significant contract to supply proven biomass combustion and fuel handling solutions to Twinwoods Heat & Power in Bedfordshire.

The clean burn solution will enable Twinwoods Heat & Power to finalise development of their 3.4MWe waste wood biomass power station, which is expected to go live in 2015.

The combined heat and power (CHP) plant  will produce over 27,000 MWhr of electricity and 8000 MWhr district heating annually, establishing the plant as a locally important source of renewable energy, with significant advantages to the local community.

The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) compliant solution will burn approximately 40,000 tonnes of waste wood from commercial and domestic recycling centres per annum, a fuel source that would otherwise be sent to landfill or exported.

Marcus Buckle, CEO of Twinwoods Heat & Power, said: “I am confident that the new Power Station will become an important contributor to the local community in terms of new jobs created, energy produced and the volume of waste wood the plant will divert from landfill each year.”

Under the contract Saxlund will manage all aspects of design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the plant with a biomass solution guaranteed to deliver at least 8,000 hours operation between shutdown inspections, to provide total piece of mind. Key components include the fuel handling system with push floor and conveyors, the Saxlund combustion grate, integrated high pressure steam boiler and steam pipework to feed a Siemens turbine system. Similar Saxlund installations are already successfully operating in a number of locations in Europe.

Marcus Buckle added that the decision to involve Saxlund International was taken, “after thorough and exhaustive research into their track record in this field, both in the UK and in Europe, which allowed THPL to have confidence that the solutions they put forward were the right ones. The professional manner in which Saxlund has approached the installation of the works has further vindicated THPL’s decision.”

Matt Drew, managing director of Saxlund International commented: “Twinwoods Heat & Power is a perfect example of a local, small-scale, BioEnergy power station using waste wood fuel to deliver energy and hot water for local commercial and domestic users. We see real opportunities for small-scale locally-based CHP biomass solutions such as Twinwoods in the 2 to 5MWe range. Solutions like these capitalise on waste wood which would otherwise be exported and are driven in part by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which offers considerable benefits to operators and investors.”

Uniti Bhalla, partner at Capital Partners (“STAR”), a leading European fund manager, who funded Twinwoods concluded that the transaction, “was borne out of an initiative to invest in small scale renewable assets in the UK with the aim of building a portfolio of scale. Twinwoods represents exactly the type of investment that we are targeting – core infrastructure with some associated complexity, thereby delivering a good risk adjusted return. We continue to see attractive opportunities in this niche”.