Our biomass CHP (combined heat and power) plant, with an installed capacity of 4.3 MWel and 12 MWth, is located in north-west Styria, one of the most densely forested regions in Austria. The plant, which was built in 2007 and belongs to Cycleenergy Group since 2009, comprises 2 biomass boilers and 2 turbines for the generation of electricity, heat and steam. The main raw materials used are forest wood chips and forest wood waste from the local area. On this basis, about 20,000 MWh of renewable electricity are fed into the grid every year.
With approx. 30,000 MWh a year, a large proportion of the generated heat is supplied to industrial offtakers using it as process heat for production. Up to 12,000 MWh a year of saturated steam is used by Münzer Bioindustrie, for the sustainable production of biodiesel. Other heat offtakers are the pellet plant and a material pre-drying plant installed in 2016, that considerably drives the efficiency of the power plant by pre-drying wet raw material and thus reducing the level of moisture in the forest wood chips.
At the Gaishorn site, we also produce up to 40,000 tonnes of top-quality pellets a year.
Cycleenergy procures the sawdust and wood shavings required as raw material for pellet production from sawmills and wood processing companies in the region.
A wet hammer mil enables us to process wood chips to raw material for pellet production.
Our pellets are produced according to the ENplus A1 standard, the highest standard of quality for pellets in Europe. This standard is characterized by minimal abrasion, very low ash content, high solidity, consistent size structure and a very high degree of wood purity. Our long-standing customers appreciate this outstanding level of product quality.