Technology

Primco’s power plants use the very latest technologies to produce cleaner and cleaner energy. In Lelystad and Duiven (operational in July 2020) we do this, for example, by optimally converting residual wood, obtained from necessary forest maintenance, into heat. 

We will go even further at our power station in Ellesmere Port, where we will convert residues from the local agricultural sector into gas. In all cases we ensure that the residual products from the process can also be reused.

Local and sustainable

The Primco power plants in Duiven (operational from July 2020) and Lelystad generate energy from locally extracted biogenic waste streams. Think of wood chips from pruning and thinning wood that have been obtained from necessary forest maintenance by, for example, Staatsbosbeheer. All wood is NTA 8080 certified, which means that the organic waste stream can always be traced back to its origin.

Instead of considering this residual material as waste (and burning it in a regular power plant with much less return), Primco uses it as biofuel. Because the wood waste is extracted within a radius of a maximum of 80 kilometers from the power station, the CO2 emissions from transport are also kept to a minimum. 

Types of residual streams

The residual streams for our power plants exist of locally extracted wood and pruning waste, like in Lelystad and Duiven. Depending on the location, other types of waste will also be used, because we do not want to cause unnecessary CO2 emissions by extracting raw materials from far away. 

For example, our power stations can use agricultural residual streams, food residues or supermarket residues. We can also use underground hot springs (geothermal) for generating heat energy or green gas. We will examine which residual stream is the most suitable for each location and adjust the plant for optimum return.