Danish biomass plant builder expands into France

Dall Energy agrees to build multifuel facility for French energy services firm Dalkia

The deal marks a significant overseas expansion for the Danish firm (picture credit: DBDH)
The deal marks a significant overseas expansion for the Danish firm (picture credit: DBDH)

Danish Biomass boiler maker Dall Energy has agreed to deliver its first plant to French energy services firm Dalkia.

The deal marks a significant overseas expansion for the Danish firm, which currently has only a handful of units in operation. These include two units in its home country: an 8MW heat-only unit in Bogense commissioned in 2011 and a similar 9MW heat-only plant in Sønderborg. A smaller 2MW unit in the US state of New Hampshire doubles up as a thermal oxidiser, as it is fuelled by waste air laden with volatile organic compounds.

The new multifuel facility for the city of Rouen will be able to burn a variety of organic material, including garden waste. It was bought at the behest of the mayor to replace a coal-burning plant and will be operational by 2020.

Dall has already transported French garden waste to its Sønderborg plant to test if it will function properly.

The firm says its technology, based on updraft gasification, has a number of advantages. It is relatively simple, and so low-cost, with low emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and dust. Its output can also be reduced to 10% of its nameplate output.

Its first French plant has been sold to the City of Rouen, replacing a coal-fired unit that the mayor wanted decommissioned.

The agreement with Dalkia means the firm is poised for an international breakthrough, said Dall’s chief executive and founder Jens Dall Bentzen. "We expect in the future to deliver between five to ten plants annually only to Dalkia’s customers. It also means that we are now giving the organisation a strong boost in the coming years."

The firm expects to generate revenue of more than €13.4m (DKK100m) and expand from six to 25 staff within the coming years.

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