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Heliex wins first Austrian order for steam recovery tech

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Scotland-based Heliex Power has won its first order from Austria, with the installation of its process steam recovery technology as part of a district heating scheme.

The company’s 132 kW GenSet unit has been fitted to a modified 6 MW biomass-fired cogeneration plant owned by Austrian renewable energy project developer Nahwaerme.at, in the town of Oberturm near Salzburg.

The system will enable the plant to produce energy from the ‘wet’, or saturated, steam produced by its biomass boiler, providing power and heat to the local area.

Heliex said its system will pay for itself in less than two years, supported by Austria’s feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for small combined heat and power (CHP) applications.

Chris Armitage (pictured), Heliex CEO, said: “The GenSet is ideal for district heating schemes – it’s flexible and delivers consistent power output. This example in Austria is just the latest in a series of projects we’re involved in that have direct economic and sustainability benefits for local communities, as well as the businesses by which they are specified.”

The firm has been selling its GenSet system since 2013 and now reports almost 50 units in Poland, France, Italy and other countries.

Armitage added that his firm has “had particular success in Italy, where electricity prices tend to be high, and have identified a number of other countries on the continent as markets with significant opportunities for us.”

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