INTEGRATED COGENERATION: AN ENERGETIC CHOICE IN THE BRICK INDUSTRY
Cogeneration allows for costs to be minimized and CO2 emissions to be reduced, without compromising production of large amounts of energy.
The first in Europe and the second in the United States for producing fair-faced bricks and thermal clay blocks, the Wienerberger Group is a sector leader in Italy, with its 900 ton produced.
The Bubano Wienerberger plant, near Imola, already featured a 1 MWe gas-turbine cogeneration system, which, however, had become technologically obsolete. The new system required electrical energy for production plants and thermal energy for brick drying.
Weinerberger’s engineers have expressly requested a system capable of yielding about 2,500 KWe of energy. In particular, the drying application requires the use of hot fumes. AB specialists designed a system capable of doing much more than a gas turbine: it uses the hot water produced by the endothermic engine via installation of air/water batteries. Wienerberger has experienced the advantages of having an outdoor container, rather than one in the plant.