A new signed contract: Beautiful Italy is waiting for us with a project that consist on a Wood Pellet Plant and CHP Plant in the South of the country. 

A new company has been created for this project, formed by local companies with experience in renewable energy and local forestry explotation.
The absence of wood pellet plants in the south of Italy plus the availability of raw materials, leads our client to install a wood pellet plant in this area.
By this way they can sell the pellets in the region in a very competitive way.
Besides this, they decided to associate the Pellet Plant to a Biomass Cogeneration Plant in order to supply thermal energy to the plant and to reduce the electrical costs.
The start up of the plant will be done in September 2017.
PRODESA will supply the Turn Key plant for both Pellet production and Cogeneration unit. Besides this, an Operation and Maintenance contract for 2 years operation is signed between Smart Operations (PRODESA Group Company).
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The production
The pellet plant capacity is 42.000 ton/year and the electrical production from the cogeneration unit is 1 Mwe.
The raw material used will be logs from different wood species, so the plant includes a Debarking & Chipping line as the first stages of the process.
The Cogeneration will produce 4,2 MW of hot water that will be used in the belt dryer to reduce the moisture content of the wood.

The profitability of the project
On the cogeneration side, the plant produces 1 MW of electricity per hour which reduces the electrical costs of pellet production, a key point in this project.
In terms of pellet production, the most important is the cost of raw materials and the optimization of other operating costs.