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Steinmuller Babcock Environment signs technology agreement with Thermax for Waste to Energy technology

Gummersbach: March 22, 2021

Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH (SBE), Germany, and Thermax Babcock & Wilcox Energy Solutions Private Limited (TBWES), a wholly owned subsidiary of Thermax, recently signed a know how transfer and license agreement for the SBE Waste to Energy Technology. The agreement was signed by Thomas Feilenreiter, Managing Director, SBE, and Pravin Karve, CEO, TBWES.

As a part of the agreement, TBWES will design, engineer, manufacture and sell MSW fired Waste to Energy solutions incorporating SBE’s well proven established grate and boiler technology.

“SBE technology is backed by more than 150 years of experience, and we have designed and supplied some of the largest and most efficient grate and boiler systems for waste to energy plants in the world. We are pleased to associate with Thermax in bringing our advanced technology to the industry through this agreement and look forward to a strong relationship,” said Thomas Feilenreiter.

“Thermax has always brought proven global technologies to India and this collaboration is one more step in that direction. We are proud to be closely associated with a global leader having the most advanced and reliable technology. This partnership will provide us with a technology edge and help us deliver on our brand promise of ‘Conserving Resources, Preserving the Future’. It will accelerate our involvement in the waste to energy application, much needed for solving the dual challenge of urbanisation and deteriorating environment.” said Pravin Karve.

About Thermax Limited: Thermax Limited, a leading energy and environment solutions provider is one of the few companies in the world that offers integrated innovative solutions in the areas of heating, cooling, power, water and waste management, air pollution control and chemicals. Thermax has manufacturing facilities in India, Europe and South East Asia. The sustainable solutions Thermax develops for client companies are environment-friendly and enable efficient deployment of energy and water resources.
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About Steinmuller Babcock Environment GmbH: Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH is a process and environmental engineering company providing global solutions for thermal waste treatment in waste to energy plants and flue gas cleaning in power plants. Steinmüller Babcock is part of the Japanese company Nippon Steel Engineering Co. Ltd.

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Steinmüller Babcock awarded contract for Vantaa Waste to Energy plant in Finland

Gummersbach, 10. März 2020. Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH, based in Gummersbach, has been awarded the contract to build the WtE2 Waste to Energy plant in Vantaa, Finland. The client is Vantaa Energia Ltd, one of Finland’s largest energy utility, 60 % owned by the city of Vantaa and 40 % by the city of Helsinki. The new plant is to be put into operation at the end of 2022.

The scope of delivery and service involves the planning and construction of the boiler system, including the Steinmüller forward-moving grate and ancillary systems, district heat exchangers, as well as steel construction, the facade and building services.

The Vantaa Waste to Energy plant will be built adjacent to an existing plant in urban Vantaa, a city of 220,000 inhabitants in the Greater Helsinki area. The construction of the plant is one of the measures taken by Vantaa Energia Ltd as it pursues its target of removing coal from its energy-producing plant portfolio by 2023.

Using Steinmüller Babcock’s fuel flexible Waste to Energy technology, the plant will, once operational, contribute significantly towards achieving Finland’s national recycling target, by converting non-recyclable material flows from the recycling industry into valuable energy.

The new plant has a fuel capacity of 80 MWth  based on a boiler concept designed to generate district heating only, producing steam energy at 20 bar(a) and 210°C. This steam energy will generate water up to a temperature of 115°C, which will be transmitted into the district heating network of the Vantaa region.

The restricted space at the current plant site adds a unique feature to the construction as the existing plant will continue to operate during the construction of the new plant, as will the railway line that runs under the building site.

The NTP for the new Waste to Energy plant in Vantaa, Finland, was given on March, 5th. From left to right: Thomas Feilenreiter, managing director of Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH, Jukka Toivonen, chief executive officer of Vantaa Energia Ltd.

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Steinmüller Babcock modernises Waste to Energy plant Ludwigshafen

Gummersbach, 25. Juli 2019. Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH based in Gummersbach has been awarded the contract for the modernisation of the Joint Venture Waste to Energy plant Ludwigshafen. The scope of supply and services includes planning and construction of the boiler system including grate and ancillary equipment for two lines. The client is the municipal operator GML – Gemeinschafts-Müllheizkraftwerk Ludwigshafen GmbH. Commissioning of the second line is planned for summer 2024.

With the project IGNIS (Latin: fire), the GML in Ludwigshafen is planning a comprehensive revamping of the Waste to Energy plant in order to ensure the waste disposal of the region for the next 25 years. In the plant, municipal and commercial waste from around 1,000,000 people from the region are thermally recycled. The Joint Venture Waste to Energy plant Ludwigshafen was built over 50 years ago, the two oldest of the three boilers are now 30 and 23 years old. A full revamping of the three lines would not be economically viable, and so GML consequently decided to invest in two new Waste to Energy lines replacing two of the existing lines which will be dismantled. Thus, the two new lines can be set into operation without restricting the operation of the existing three lines too much. On average, 90% of capacity will be maintained over the five years of reconstruction.

Depending on the operation status of the boilers the two new lines will contribute 90,000 – 100,000 t/a per year each to the overall plant treatment capacity of 235.000 t/a, with a thermal boiler performance of 30 MW each. The boilers generate high-pressure steam, which is converted into district heating and electricity in the neighbouring district heating plant of the regional supplier TWL AG. Steinmüller Babcock convinced in the tender with a technical concept combining a tailor-made solution with an overall attractive economic offer.

With the project IGNIS (Latin: fire) the GML plans a comprehensive revamping of the MHKW Ludwigshafen, in order to ensure the waste disposal of the region for the next 25 years. An essential part of the modernisation is the construction of two new lines, built by Steinmüller Babcock.

© Picture: GML – Gemeinschafts-Müllheizkraftwerk Ludwigshafen GmbH

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Steinmüller Babcock receives order for Waste-to-Energy plant Salo in Finland

Gummersbach, 28. February 2019. Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH, based in Gummersbach/Germany, has been awarded the contract for the extended boiler lot of the Salo Waste-to-Energy plant in southwestern Finland. The scope of supply and services includes the planning, delivery, installation and commissioning of the boiler system including grate firing, turbine, electrical and control technology as well as the boiler house. The contractor is the project company Lounavoima Oy, which was founded especially for the construction and operation of the plant by the municipal waste management company Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto Oy and the municipal district heating company Salon Kaukolämpö Oy. Commissioning of the plant is planned for the end of 2020.

In the single-line plant, up to 120,000 t of municipal and commercial waste from the cities of Turku and Salo will be thermally recycled each year. After commissioning, the plant generates 180 – 190 GWh of heat, which are fed into the local district heating network. This corresponds to 90 % of the total district heating required in the city of Salo. Likewise, 72 GWh of electricity are fed into the public grid every year.

Photo: In 2021, 90% of the required district heating of the city of Salo will be generated in the new Waste-to-Energy plant. © Picture: Lounavoima Oy

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Steinmüller Babcock expands Energy from Waste Plant Premnitz

Gummersbach, 23. January 2019. Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH, based in Gummersbach/Germany has been awarded a contract for the extension of the Energy from Waste plant Premnitz.  The scope of supply and services includes planning and construction of the boiler including grate and ancillary equipment for a second line of the plant. The client is EEW Energy from Waste Premnitz GmbH. Commissioning is scheduled for mid-2021.

The small town of Premnitz is located in the nature park Havelland west of Berlin. Ten years ago, the EVE 1 was considered one of the most modern facilities for the energy recovery of high-calorie refuse-derived fuels in Europe. The EVE 2 is designed for a fuel mix of household waste, commercial waste and refuse derived fuel, with a throughput of 150,000 t/year and a capacity of 56 MWth. While a small proportion of energy is used for own use, most of it comes to local industrial customers and households in the form of process steam, district heating and electrical energy. In the long term, the EVE 2 is to replace a fluidized bed combustion unit with a throughput capacity of 120,000 t/year in the plant network.

Steinmüller Babcock convinced in the tender with a technical concept that combined a tailor-made solution with a good price level. For Steinmüller Babcock, the order symbolises the continuation of a very good cooperation with the EEW Group. Most recently, Steinmüller Babcock had extended the EEW plant in Delfzijl / Netherlands with a line. The EEW Group has been building and operating thermal waste recycling plants for 30 years, currently there are 18 plants in Germany and neighboring countries with a total annual recycling capacity of more than 4.7 million tonnes of waste.

Photo: Starting in 2021, the new EVE Premnitz line will recover the energy from a fuel mix of household waste, commercial waste and refuse derived fuels. © Picture: EEW Energy from Waste Premnitz GmbH

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Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering supplies Steinmüller grate and boiler to Taoyuan

Gummersbach, 10 December 2018. Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering received an order for the supply of core components for the new Taoyuan waste incineration plant. The scope of supply and services includes basic and detail engineering for grate and furnace, supply of grate, boiler, heating surface cleaning and parts of the SNCR as well as installation and commissioning supervision. Steinmüller Babcock will support Nippon Steel with the basic and detail engineering and the delivery of the main equipment. The Taoyuan project, tendered as a BOT scheme by the Taoyuan City Government, was awarded to the Special Purpose Company (SPC) established between Evergreen Steel Corporation, Taiwan’s largest containerise freight shipping company, and CTCI Group, Taiwan’s leading WtE engineering and operating company. Commissioning of the plant will be in summer of 2021. In the plant 27.5 t/h of municipal and industrial waste will be thermally recycled in two incineration lines.

The city of Taoyuan is located in the north of Taiwan and, with 2 million inhabitants, is considered one of Taiwans most important industrial centres. Taiwan is regarded as exemplary in the field of waste disposal. Waste has been separated since the 1990s and since the turn of the millennium almost 80% of municipal and industrial waste has been thermally recycled in waste incineration plants.

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Photo: Commissioning of the Energy from Waste plant Taoyuan will be in summer of 2021. Copyright picture CTCI Group

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Steinmüller Babcock builds seawater flue gas desulphurisation plants in Cyprus

Gummersbach, 29. Oktober 2018. Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH, based in Gummersbach/Germany has been awarded the contract for two seawater flue gas desulphurisation plants at the Vasilikos power plant in Cyprus, after succeeding in an international tender. Leader of the EPC consortium created for this purpose is TERNA SA, Athens, customer is the operator of the facility, the Electricity Authority of Cyprus. The scope of supply and delivery for Steinmüller Babcock includes basic and detail engineering as well as key components.

The Vasilikos power plant is located 25 km east of Limassol, it was built between 1999 and 2012 and generates 865 MWel. The first three lines operate on heavy fuel oil, whereas the other two are combined cycle units in a 2+1 configuration, operating on distillate fuel oil. The plant supplies 40% of the electrical energy needed in Cyprus.  After installation of the flue gas desulphurisation plants on lines 1 and 2, the power plant meets the highest EU directives for air quality. Most of the components are installed during operation, only for the final work the lines are shut down for a few weeks.  The commissioning of the two flue gas cleaning plants is planned for early summer 2020.

Seawater flue gas desulphurisation plants use seawater as absorption medium instead of limestone, which is commonly used in wet washing processes. The sulphur dioxide contained in the flue gases is dissolved in the seawater and forms sulphite and hydrogen sulphite. These compounds are neutralised by carbonates and bicarbonates, which are natural constituents in seawater. In a ventilation basin ambient air is supplied, the oxygen contained oxidizes the sulphur compounds to sulphate, a natural component of seawater. The seawater used for the process is used twice in Vasilikos, first as cooling water, then for flue gas cleaning. The water, which has been returned to the sea, fulfils all defined discharge conditions. The process does not generate any residues. Despite the amazing simplicity, the process achieves sulphur dioxide deposits of over 95%. The flue gas desulphurisation plants will significantly reduce odour emissions and pollutants, and they will also contribute to the further dedusting of flue gases as a supplement to existing electrostatic precipitators.

Photo: The Vasilikos power plant generates 40% of the electrical energy needed in Cyprus. After installation of the two flue gas desulphurisation plants, the power plant will comply with the highest EU directives for air quality Photo: Electricity Authority of Cyprus. 

Copyright photo: Electricity Authority of Cyprus. 

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Steinmüller Babcock modernises Energy from Waste plant in Södertälje

Gummersbach, 28th September 2018. Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH, based in Gummersbach/Germany, has been awarded the contract for extensive modernisation measures on line one of the Södertälje Energy from Waste plant in Sweden. The client is Söderenergi AB, the fourth largest district heating producer in Sweden. The Södertälje facility is located southwest of Stockholm, in line one, up to 19.8 tonnes of high-calorific refuse-derived fuels are thermally recycled per hour.

The redevelopment work on line one includes redesign and conversion of feeding chute, upgrading of ram feeder and grate system as well as slag discharge. Likewise, the combustion chamber is redesigned and rebuild, the goal is a reduction of the flue gas temperature and a reduction of maintenance work. In order to achieve a homogenisation of the temperature profile, the combustion air system is modified and the fire control system is modernised. The new installation of an optimised, innovative SNCR for the reduction of NOx emissions and NH3 slippage takes place. A new design and the replacement of convection heating surfaces will reduce the fouling tendency.

The contract was signed on July 25, 2018. The project was launched directly after the award of the contract. Completion is scheduled for autumn 2019.

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Steinmüller Babcock licenses technology for China

Gummersbach, 3. September 2018. Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH, based in Gummersbach, has once again allocated a know-how license for the use of one of its key technologies in the Chinese market. An agreement has been reached with the Düsseldorf-based company Aetna International GmbH, which allows Aetna to set up plants for the thermal treatment of hazardous and industrial waste by a local subsidiary in China.

The subject of the contract is the so-called “rotary kiln technology” which ensures with its very high temperatures a safe destruction of all organic substances. At the same time energy in the form of steam or electricity can be obtained from polluted, contaminated or mixed waste. The technology will make it possible to comply with the stringent European directives on hazardous waste treatment in future also in China. Aetna International will build a first plant in Huantai County in Shandong Province, China, in which the hazardous waste from local chemical companies will be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. The project start will be already within the next few weeks. Aetna International will get technological support for the application of the technology by Steinmüller Babcock. In future, Aetna will distribute and realise the technology independently.

On August 20th, the official presentation of the cooperation took place in Duesseldorf. In addition to the representatives of Steinmüller Babcock, Aetna International and Dongyue Group, high-ranking guests from China were also present, such as Jiangfeng Bian, the head of the People’s Government of Huantai County, Dong Lu, the director of the Economy and Information Bureau of Huantai County, and representatives of the Huantai-based companies and commercial agencies.

Photo: Meeting in Duesseldorf (from left to right) in the front row Mr. Weimin An (Aetna International GmbH), Mr. Xiuyuan Yu (Shandong Dongyue Chemical Co., Ttd.); in the back row Mr. Shubing Song (Shandong Wanji Plastic Co., Ltd), Mr. Xinbao Wang (Zibo Boxin Agricultural Science and Technology Co., Ltd.), Mr. Zhiyuan Chen (CPC Committee of Tangshan Town, Huantai County), Dr. Jens Sohnemann (Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH), Mrs. Jiangfeng Bian (People´s Government of Huantai County), Dr. Gert Riemenschneider (Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH), Mr. Dong Luo (Economy and Information Bureau of Huantai County), Mr. Wei Zhang (Shandong Jintai Rolls Co., Ltd.), Mr. Dianbin Cui (Commerce Bureau of Huantai County).

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Enhancement of the management board at Steinmüller Babcock Environment

Gummersbach, 6th July 2018. Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH, based in Gummersbach, has enhanced its management board as of July 1. In future Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Feilenreiter will lead the company jointly together with the managing directors Yukito Ishiwa and Dr.-Ing. Gert Riemenschneider. Thomas Feilenreiter is a proven industry expert and has been Managing Director at CNIM Waste & Energy Management Solutions and CEO at LAB SA and LAB GmbH since 1996. At Steinmüller Babcock Environment he will be directly responsible for project management, turnkey plants and project service.

Earlier this year in April 2018 Yukito Ishiwa succeeded Hiroshi Murakami as Managing Director. Murakami has taken over new responsibilities within the parent company Nippon Steel and Sumikin Engineering Co, Ltd. Yukito Ishiwa was already responsible for Steinmüller Babcock Environment as member of the Supervisory Board.

Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH stands for cutting-edge technology in thermal waste treatment and flue gas cleaning. The medium-sized company is part of the Japanese Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co, Ltd. and thus an essential component of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, the second largest steel manufacturer in the world.

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