50 kWe Demonstration Gasifier at Mt. Wachusett Community College, Massachusetts

<p>50 kWe Demonstration Gasifier Starts at Mt. Wachusett Community College, Massachusetts<br /> Rob Rizzo, Mount Wachusett Community College, October 30, 2006</p> <div class="inline left"><a href="/?q=node/142"><img src="http://gasifiers.bioenergylists.org/files/images/engine.thumbnail.jpg" alt="50 kWe Engine-Generator" title="50 kWe Engine-Generator" class="image thumbnail" height="93" width="150" /></a><br /><span class="caption" style="width: 148px;"><strong>50 kWe Engine-Generator</strong></span></div> <!--break--><p>A 50 kWe <a href="/taxonomy/term/49">Community Power Corporation</a> gasifier began operation at Mt. Wachusett Community College. The system will operate on wood chips from the existing school heating plant. The school teaches forestry and wood utilization and will use the gasifier to demonstrate wood use for energy.</p> <div class="inline left"><a href="/?q=node/141"><img src="http://gasifiers.bioenergylists.org/files/images/gasifier.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Gasifier-Dryer-Screen" title="Gasifier-Dryer-Screen" class="image thumbnail" height="135" width="150" /></a><br /><span class="caption" style="width: 148px;"><strong>Gasifier-Dryer-Screen</strong></span></div> <p>The engine-generator will supply about 30% of the electrical load of the heating plant. Provision is made to sell eletricity to the grid through <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_metering">Net Metering</a>. The current limit for net metering in the state of Massachusetts is 60 kWe. Waste heat from the engine will be used in the existing heating system. The engine-generator is expected to meet emissions standards for small stationary generators. </p> <div class="inline left"><a href="/?q=node/138"><img src="http://gasifiers.bioenergylists.org/files/images/boiler.thumbnail.jpg" alt="2.5 MWth Boiler" title="2.5 MWth Boiler" class="image thumbnail" height="150" width="112" /></a><span class="caption" style="width: 110px;"><strong>2.5 MWth Boiler</strong></span></div> <p>The school converted to wood heat from electricity in 2002 when it installed an 8,000 pph (2.5 MWth)<a href="http://www.burnchips.com/industrial.html">Messersmith</a> fuel and combustion system with a Hurst boiler. Fuel is taken from the existing fuel system, screened and dried and fed to the gasifier. </p> <div class="inline left"><a href="/?q=node/139"><img src="http://gasifiers.bioenergylists.org/files/images/fuel.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Fuel Bin and Conveyor to Boiler and Gasifier" title="Fuel Bin and Conveyor to Boiler and Gasifier" class="image thumbnail" height="113" width="150" /></a><br /><span class="caption" style="width: 148px;"><strong>Fuel Bin and Conveyor to Boiler and Gasifier</strong></span></div> <div class="inline left"><a href="/?q=node/140"><img src="http://gasifiers.bioenergylists.org/files/images/plant.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Fuel House and Heating Plant" title="Fuel House and Heating Plant" class="image thumbnail" height="113" width="150" /></a><br /><span class="caption" style="width: 148px;"><strong>Fuel House and Heating Plant</strong></span></div> <p>For more information contact:<br /> Rob Rizzo<br /> Director of Facilities Administration<br /> Mount Wachusett Community College<br /><a href="mailto:RRizzo@mwcc.mass.edu">RRizzo@mwcc.mass.edu</a><br /><a href="http://www.mwcc.mass.edu/renewable">http://www.mwcc.mass.edu/renewable</a></p>