After taking more than a year to install the biomass boiler, Papeteries des Vosges is getting ready to start using it from June 2014, after a period of tests and adjustments carried out by Biofely (the operating company). With 6.5 MW of power, the boiler will be able to produce up to 10 tonnes of steam per hour and will supply enough steam to meet more than 50% of the site’s demands.
The rest will be provided by two gas boilers which have been operating since December 2013, producing up to 15 and 10 tonnes per hour, respectively.
This new boiler comprises a wood storage facility that can hold up to 1,000 m3 of wood, allowing it to run on its own for 3.7 days. Each year it will be supplied with 20,000 tonnes of untreated and unfinished wood, wood chips, and residue from sawmills including bark all sourced exclusively from local industries. Using this renewable and locally-sourced energy will save 8,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
The project cost is 8 million Euros, 2.3 million of which was provided by ADEME (the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management).