Europe’s largest sawmill relies on AGRO

Europe's largest sawmill can be found in the heart of Europe: Holzindustrie Ziegler in Plößberg. The company, founded in 1948 and since then managed as a family business, cuts almost 1.8 million cubic meters of wood every year – rising tendency. The Ziegler Group with more than 700 employees operates not only in the timber industry, but also in the logistic and forestry sector. Ziegler Ambiente also emphasizes the production and sale of deco materials of all kinds.

 

Sustainability plays a particularly important role in the family business: "Everyone talks about sustainability. We put it into practice". For that reason, when planning the entire energy concept of the company, it has been very critical searched for an additional source of energy from renewable raw materials. We were involved in this process and could convince with our long-standing experience. The result is an exemplary container solution from AGRO with a 5 MW biomass boiler system, which has already proven its worth under practical conditions.

 

More information about the AGRO container solution can be found >>here

Different fuels with a strongly varying water content and an always optimal combustion process - dream?

No more - with the use of the AGRO fuel moisture measurement, this can be easily put into practice. AGRO's patented system, combined with primary air recirculation, has been proven its worth under practical conditions over the last four heating seasons, especially when burning inhomogeneous fuel with very different moisture content. The system detects the water content of the fuel and regulates the required stoichiometry of the combustion process, depending on the instantaneous power required. Dosing fuel, combustion air and recirculation are optimized in every operating state. With the possible substoichiometric operation in the primary combustion zone, the Low-NOx effect is fully exploited. The highest possible efficiency paired with measurable very low system wear and very good emission values can thus be ensured. Especially the operating comfort has been significantly improved with this technology.

To summarize, by storing sophisticated algorithms for each power range, depending on the water content in the fuel, the following operations are optimized:

  • Dosing of fuel quantity
  • Dosing primary air
  • Recirculation
  • Temperature of the primary air via the air preheater (if existing)
  • Grate management

Our fuel moisture measurement has been designed in such a way that it can also be upgraded at our existing plants or plants from other manufacturers as part of a control update.

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Janssen / Netherlands

The poultry farmer Bart Janssen from the Dutch province of Drente produces 1.6 million poultries per year. The innovative company do not only want to produce efficiently but also sustainably. When raising the chicks, he relies on stress avoidance - the chicks that grow up at his farm also hatch on his farm. For this sensitive breeding a reliable, flexible heat supply is of particular importance. That is why they decided to use the plant technology of AGRO Forst & Energietechnik. Its stables are now heated with 1,500 kW of green, renewable energy from woodchips. Wood chips from the province of Drenthe and Groningen are used to keep the carbon footprint as low as possible.

            

Bayonne / France

Bayonne - the cultural capital of the French Basque Country - has built a biomass heating plant, relying entirely on the advanced technology of AGRO Forst & Energietechnik.

The new biomass heating with a capacity of 5.3 MW / th. covers the heating and hot water needs of almost 10% of the population in Bayonne.

The wood used for heating comes from forests in the region, which are managed sustainably. Wood replaces natural gas. As a result, 3,900 tonnes less CO2 are released into the atmosphere each year.

 

The press article on the occasion of the inauguration of the heating plant in Bayonne can be found >> here.

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