The award was shared with the Centre for the Development of Renewable Energies (CEDER-CIEMAT).
The INTERcamBIOM Network has awarded Sugimat the prize for the best innovative practice with biomass for its project “Horizon +: self-cleaning rotary boiler for solid waste”. The innovative water-tube boiler, winner of last year’s Expobiomasa 2021 award, effectively combats fouling and the formation of ash deposits inside the boiler, making it a unique model on the market. The award was shared with CEDER-CIEMAT in a tie on points.
The competition, promoted by AVEBIOM and the CIRCE Technology Centre to give visibility to innovative technologies, processes or business models, has recognised the innovative nature of the boiler in the biomass sector. According to Xavier Mas, technical and R&D director of Sugimat and developer of the idea, “the Horizon + is becoming an innovative technological reference in the market, where its features make customers opt for more complete equipment in terms of performance and reliability”. The innovation in its rotary design has turned the Horizon + into a boiler capable of self-cleaning by means of an aggregate injection system that guarantees the release and removal of the ash adhered to its interior.
Its self-cleaning system saves stoppages for cleaning, thus avoiding stopping production, which means a saving in electricity consumption as it does not need any compressed air cleaning system. In addition, this new boiler model, which won the Expobiomasa innovation award in 2021, is designed to work with gases from the combustion of solid waste, so it is able to withstand very high levels of ash, maintaining constant performance throughout the entire operating time.
It should be added that the Horizon + avoids dead zones in the boiler caused by the preferential paths of the combustion gases, as is the case with static boilers. In addition, the versatility in its assembly allows the installation to be located at a low height, saving building costs and civil works.
The Horizon+ boiler is manufactured in ranges up to 12 MW output and can operate with fluids such as thermal oil and hot or superheated water. In addition, it can be adapted to different combustion systems such as mobile grate, fluidised bed or underfeed stoker.
To date, Sugimat has already signed five projects in Spain for the combustion of C-grade wood and other woody fuels, as well as three ORC turbines for the UK, one for the combustion of poultry manure, one for the combustion of RDF and one for the combustion of straw and wood waste.
The award was shared with the Centre for the Development of Renewable Energies (CEDER-CIEMAT). Both companies have been awarded in a tie of points, as the selection of the two winners resulted from the public vote, which collected 1,647 votes in four weeks, and the final evaluation of the jury, composed of 5 professionals with extensive experience in different areas of biomass and bioeconomy.
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