Technology

Primco’s power station uses the latest technologies to produce even cleaner energy. At our power station in Lelystad, we use wood waste from forest maintenance as an optimized heat source and ensure that the residual products resulting from this process are also reused. Waste products that are released during the incineration process are filtered from the flue gases, so that our power stations offer a sustainable alternative for the reuse of fossil fuels.

Local and sustainable

The biomass plant in Lelystad, which was completed in October 2018, generates energy from locally-produced biofuel. This biofuel consists of wood chips obtained from pruning and thinning from necessary forest maintenance performed by organizations such as the National Forest Service in the Netherlands. All the wood is NTA 8080 certified which guarantees that the biomass can always be traced back to its origin.

Instead of simply disregarding this residual material as waste and incinerating it in a standard power station with significantly less returns, Primco uses it as a biofuel. The wood waste is extracted within a radius of a maximum of 80 kilometers from the power station, which means that the CO2 emissions from transport are also kept to a minimum. The use of wood waste is sustainable, as less wood is currently being pruned and cut away than is growing.

Types of biomass

The biomass used for our power stations may consist of locally-sourced wood and pruning waste, such as that which is used at our plant in Lelystad. Momentum Capital, Primco’s parent organization, is going to build more power plants.

Different types of waste will be used depending on the location of these plants, as we do not want to cause any unnecessary CO2 emissions by sourcing the raw materials from far away. To do so would make producing cleaner energy ineffectual.

Our power stations could, for example, make use of food waste or residues from supermarkets. We can also use underground hot springs (geothermal energy) to generate heat energy. Alternatively, we can use electrolysis to convert electricity generated by wind turbines into fuel for buses. For each location, we will examine which biomass is the most suitable, after which the power station will be adjusted for optimal efficiency.