The Conserve Italia plant in Massa Lombarda, in the province of Ravenna, now has a new electrical cogeneration plant, designed and built by Cefla Plant Solutions in the record-breaking time of just five months, including connection to existing plant systems.
The company, internationally renowned for successful brands such as Yoga, Cirio and Valfrutta, can now count on a plant that supplies 80% of its factory electricity requirements while, thanks to the cogenerator, reducing carbon emissions by 1,211 tons per year, or 515 TOE (tonne of oil equivalent). The overall efficiency of the cogeneration system is approximately 70%.
This plant, designed and developed by Cefla (which also has a long-term service contract to ensure its maximum reliability and performance over time) consists of a cogeneration unit producing 2.0 MWe, generated by a reciprocating gas-fuelled engine (Otto cycle) directly coupled to a three-phase synchronous electric generator. The unit was supplied complete with all the auxiliary devices needed for operation and a containment package designed to dissipate the radiant energy of the engine and reduce noise. Heat retrieval is made possible by a steam generator (powered by the engine exhaust fumes) and a heat exchanger on the engine cooling circuit.
“We are very thankful to Conserve Italia for choosing us as their partner on this important project”, states Roberto Cocchi, manager of Cefla Plant Solutions. “It’s a choice that reinforces our position as the leading plant engineering solutions provider to key firms in the high-end Italian agro-industrial sector”.