Syncraft Frauenfeld (SUI)
INNOVATIVE WOOD CHP PLANT
using Jenbacher technology
Bioenergie Frauenfeld, which is co-owned by sugar manufacturer Schweizer Zucker and Energie 360°, has built a new wood cogeneration plant in Frauenfeld in the Canton of Thurgau. The aim: efficiently exploit green energy and—at the same time—reduce CO2 emissions. The latest generation of INNIO’s Jenbacher combined heat and power (CHP) technology makes this possible, using residual wood waste as renewable energy. The region’s plentiful supply of wood waste can be found in the form of unused timber from forest and landscape management work, blown-down trees, or pest-infected wood.
To meet its ecological objectives, Bioenergie Frauenfeld opted for an innovative SynCraft wood CHP plant that is powered by four INNIO Jenbacher engines. The installation, which has benefited from joint optimization efforts, recovers energy from 25,000 metric tons of locally sourced residual wood every year. With an electrical output of 4 MW, the plant is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The carbon-negative facility provides power to 8,000 households as well as heat to the resident sugar factory and the town of Frauenfeld. In the first stage of the process, the wood is dried to a water content of under 10% using the low-temperature heat recovered from cooling the product gas. In the following two-step gas extraction phase, the biomass is initially broken down through pyrolysis into its constituent parts to produce solids and gas and then gasified in the downstream reduction zone. The gas, cooled to around 750° C, exits the top of the reactor and is separated from the biochar. It then is cooled to about 100° C, and the extracted heat is fed into a heating network. Once the gas has been cooled again to between 25° C and 30° C, it has reached the required operating temperature for generating electricity in the four high-efficiency Jenbacher J420 gas engines, which have been optimized specifically for this application, with each engine capable of producing 1 MW of power.
"The wood CHP plant in Frauenfeld is helping us set new standards for the use of bioenergy, which is becoming increasingly important as the energy transition progresses. At the heart of this flagship project are four highefficiency Jenbacher wood gas engines that are perfectly adapted to meet the demands of SynCraft gasification technology.«
Stefan Ellenbroek, project leader at Bioenergie Frauenfeld
The Frauenfeld wood CHP plant is a flagship project that uses biomass in a highly efficient way and provides a clear demonstration of wood’s potential as a regenerative raw material. The electricity generated in the Jenbacher CHP plant is fed into the local grid and is subsidized via the Swiss system of feed-in payments. On the one hand, the heat is used in subprocesses at Schweizer Zucker AG and, on the other hand, it is used to supply homes and businesses in the Frauenfeld West area in the form of district heating. Unlike conventional plants that make ash, Syncraft cogeneration plants produce a type of premium charcoal called “biochar,” which has the environmental benefit of locking away carbon. Biochar finds use in both agricultural and industrial applications. Overall, the carbon-negative plant removes 9,000 metric tons of CO2 annually from the atmosphere. The facility was created in collaboration with Swiss distributor IWK Integrierte Wärme Kraft AG and the wood CHP plant specialist SynCraft. INNIO has been working closely with SynCraft for many years. SynCraft wood cogeneration plants equipped with Jenbacher gas engines have been operating successfully in Austria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Switzerland, and Japan. For more than 30 years, INNIO has been acquiring knowledge and experience working with specialty gases such as wood gas, which contains about 40% hydrogen in energy terms. More than 100 wood gas plants have been constructed thus far. Wood gas-fired systems achieve an overall utilization of up to 92%, showcasing again how these installations based on a regenerative raw material have great potential in the energy transition.
Wood cogeneration plants with Jenbacher CHP technology have a number of advantages:
- Optimized overall efficiency thanks to many years of close cooperation with wood CHP plant specialist SynCraft
- Highly efficient recovery of energy from local residual wood waste
- Premium biochar as a by-product
- Zero-waste technology
- Significant CO2 savings
4 x J420