Ticino, a town of around 3000 people in the province of Córdoba, 600 kilometers from Buenos Aires, managed to avoid the blackout that affected 48 million people in Argentina and Uruguay on June 16, thanks to the burning of peanut shells originated from a local peanut processor plant.
This power plant, which has a power generating capacity of 5 MW, is equipped with a TMC 5000 turbine and a SPW 710 WEG / TGM generator, resulting in enough power supply for 8000 residences in Ticino during the said massive Argentinean blackout.
After 18 months of construction, the power plant began operating in August last year, and the energy produced is sold to the country´s National Interconnected System, which in case of a failure such as that in Argentina, may be disconnected and then supply power to the Thermoelectric Power Plant and to the residences of the region.
The biomass generation for the Thermoelectric Power Plant includes the storage steps of peanut shells and their transfer to the boiler where they are burned to generate high pressure steam. The steam goes to a turbine that produces rotating mechanical power, which is then coupled to a generator and transformed into electrical energy.
The use of peanut shells, when transformed into electrical energy, reduces environmental impacts and takes advantage of available resources.
WEG / TGM is prepared to offer solutions so that this type of cogeneration can result in maximum efficiency, safety and operational availability.