EdF jacks up CFB size

Finland`s Foster Wheeler Energia Oy and Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee (CNIM) of France are taking part in a comprehensive study to develop an advanced utility-size (600 MW) circulating fluidized bed (CFB) design for Electricitàƒ© de France (EdF), the world`s largest electric utility.

According to Foster Wheeler, when this unit is built it will represent the largest, most advanced CFB in the world-more than double the size of any presently operating CFB unit. Henry E. Bartoli, Foster Wheeler Energy International`s chairman and CEO, said, “Taking the CFB technology to the 600 MW size is a key part of our strategy to offer a clean and efficient repowering option to the aging coal fleets of developed nations.”

The design will feature an advanced variable-pressure, supercritical once-through steam cycle to improve and optimize plant efficiency over a wide operating range.

CFB technology generates electricity from a variety of low-cost and waste solid fuels, such as coal, refinery waste products, biomass and garbage. CNIM, a Foster Wheeler CFB licensee in Paris, is a private turnkey contractor and equipment manufacturer for waste-to-energy plants, flue gas treatment, steam generators and cogeneration plants.

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