• 16/12/2013

    Full steam ahead in Australia: ATP started their BONO Sistemi biomass-fuelled thermal plant

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The new biomass-fuelled thermal plant supplied by BONO to ATP (Australian Tartaric Products) near Mildura, Victoria State, Australia is now in full production.

Full steam ahead in Australia: ATP started their BONO Sistemi biomass-fuelled thermal plant for Tartrates and Ethanol

The new biomass-fuelled thermal plant supplied by BONO to ATP (Australian Tartaric Products) near Mildura, Victoria State, Australia is now in full production. 
By burning spent wet marc, it generates saturated steam used to distil Ethanol and produce Tartaric Acid from the same grape’s by-products supplied by local wineries.

Founded in 1991 by Giovanni Randi, an Italian producer of Tartaric Acid and its salts, Australian Tartaric Products (www.australiantartaric.com.au) quickly grew to establish itself as Australia's largest manufacturer and supplier of Tartaric Acid. At its plant in Colignan, near Mildura in Victoria state,  ATP also manufactures food grade Ethanol, producing and selling natural products only. ATP is part of the Randi Group (www.randi-group.com), which has a number of similar operations both in Italy and America.
A major ingredient in wine-making, the Tartaric Acid produced in the Mildura region is sold mainly to Australian wineries, with smaller quantities taken up by pharmaceutical companies and food manufacturers. Food grade spirit is also sold both to Australian wineries and internationally to be used in wine fortification and brandy production. Located near the desert, not far from splendid vineyards and fruit orchards, the facility processes considerable volumes of grape marc, grape lees, centrifuged by-products created from the wine making process, producing a completely natural product from material which would otherwise go into landfill.
The company collects nearly 50,000 T/year of these waste from the Sunraysia, Riverland, Riverina and Barossa Valley wine growing regions and processes them during the whole year also when wine-making activities end. A major cost in their industrial process was represented by the fuel required to produce the steam demanded by the distillation process: due to their distance from gas networks, ATP was forced to buy liquid Propane in tank trucks to feed their steam-producing boilers. This cost was rising every year, and a proper solution had to be found.
Taking advantage of the vast experience capitalised by the Randi Group in their Italian Villapana factory in Faenza - where a BONO Sistemi thermal plant generates electricity and steam from the same type of waste - ATP commissioned again a similar solution to the Cannon Group company specialising in biomass-fuelled energy plants.
The solution designed for ATP produces now 12 T/hour of saturated steam at 10 bar and 184 °C, used to distil Ethanol and produce Tartaric Acid: in those periods of the year when demand for process is lower, the produced steam drives an ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) able to generate up to 400 kW of electricity, for factory internal consumption.
The system supplied by BONO Sistemi includes:
  • A network of conveyors to transport the wet biomass,
  • An automatic batch dosing system to feed the marcs to the combustion grid,
  • A double-stage preheater, to increase the combustion air temperature up to 220°C, 
  • A step-moving grate combustion system, specially designed for wet solid fuel,
  • Two radiant chambers (post-combustion and inversion) for the flue gas,
  • A two-drum evaporator to heat up water and produce saturated steam at 184°C,
  • Three dedicated economisers, to reduce flue gas temperature and maximise heat recovery,
  • A deaerator, to remove gas from recycled hot water and fresh water refills,
  • Flue gas treatment cyclone and bag house filter, to avoid emissions of particulate,
  • A centralised ash recovery system, collecting them from several points of the thermal plant,
  • A 25-meter high chimney for the spent fumes,
  • A complete electronic control for the whole combustion process,
  • Design and engineering of steam and water piping network for the whole factory.
 
Completely designed and built in Italy, the complex plant was shipped in October 2012 (in forty 40-feet containers and four huge pre-built elements) from the harbour of Genoa. When it arrived on site in Australia, a 10-specialists staff flew in for the assembly work that started on January, 2013. The complex structure – the plant takes a 30 by 20 meter area, with a max height of 25 m – was successfully tested in August and started producing, full steam ahead, at the beginning of October 2013.

Bruno Fierro, Managing Director of BONO Sistemi, commented: “It has been, as usual for us, a very challenging project: the complexity of the supply, compounded by the most distant installation site ever experienced by our Company, generated a major technical and logistic effort. I must thank ATP for their outstanding local support and our team of specialists that completed the job successfully. Our experience in using this specific biomass, a by-product of the winery industry, grows significantly thanks to this important achievement. If we can deliver such a complex solution at the antipodes of where we built it, now we know that we can dispatch another one in any other part of the World!”

Two views of the biomass plant supplied by BONO Sistemi to ATP (Australian Tartaric Products) near Mildura, Victoria State, Australia. By burning spent wet marc, it generates saturated steam used to distil Ethanol and produce Tartaric Acid from the same grape’s by-products supplied by local wineries. The structure takes a 30 by 20 meter area, with a max height of 25 m.

 

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