World largest ORC-based biomass power plants

North American wood companies have the world largest ORC-based biomass power plants

Turboden announces the successful commercial operation of two biomass-fed ORC units supplied to West Fraser, a leading integrated wood products company in Canada. Four 6.5 MW ORC turbogenerators are operating at Fraser Lake and Chetwynd sawmills since beginning of 2015. In the two projects, the heat of flue gas from the biomass combustion is conveyed in a closed-loop to the ORC unit, which converts thermal energy into electricity.

In addition to West Fraser’s plants, Turboden is starting up the world largest biomass-fed ORC power unit, supplied to Maine Woods Pellet Company for its pellet production facility in Athens, Maine. The ORC system will produce 8 MW by converting the heat of thermal oil generated by wood residues.


Turboden, a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group company, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and after-sales of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbogenerators, which harness heat to generate electric and thermal power from renewable sources (biomass, geothermal and solar energy) and waste heat from industrial processes, waste incinerators, engines and gas turbines, suitable for distributed generation. Turboden ORC modules range from 200 kW up to 40 MW electric.