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    Italian Door Maker Installs GE's Clean Cycle Heat-to-Power Generators to Produce Renewable On-Site Power

    Lyn Che

    by Lyn Che

    General Electric issued the following news release:
    Italian custom door and furniture maker I.C.M. Spa is showcasing the benefits of industrial energy and resource efficiency by installing a superheated (130degreeC) water wood boiler and two of GE's (NYSE: GE) 125-kilowatt Clean Cycle heat-to-power organic rankine cycle (ORC) generators at its manufacturing plant in Brugnera, in the northern province of Pordenone, Italy.
    The new biomass boiler system converts the factory's wood waste into renewable energy to heat and power the factory. GE's Clean Cycle solution--which also includes piping, heat exchangers, a cooling tower and service support--converts excess heat from the boiler generation into 200 kW of net electrical energy that is sold to the grid, capitalizing on a feed-in tariff to generate additional revenue.
    GE is presenting ICM's Clean Cycle project and other innovative energy applications at this week's Ecomondo international sustainable materials and energy trade fair in Rimini, Italy. The Clean Cycle generator is a new kind of ORC heat-to-power system for biomass boilers and landfill gas engines. Previously, ORC has been used to generate reliable power in larger-scale industrial facilities.
    "Our biomass boiler system with GE's Clean Cycle technology greatly enhances our factory's industrial sustainability by allowing us to sell electricity to the regional grid, creating an important new revenue source," said Bruno Silvestrin, owner of ICM. "This project illustrates our commitment to technological innovation within Italy's home furnishings sector."
    "The boiler produces superheated water that is used to power the Clean Cycle generators, which then convert the heat from the boiler into 200 kW of net electrical energy. The Clean Cycle units also make it easier for ICM to amortize the cost of the boiler," ICM's Silvestrin added.