Case Study

Wood-processing company in Romania uses own wastes to generate energy

Saucolemn SRL is a wood processing company with “from the tree to product” approach, enticing forestry, transportation, primary processing, steaming and drying services and manufacturing of a wide range of products – from panels to windows and chairs.

To decrease the energy cost, the company decided to invest in installing a biomass cogeneration plant fired with sawdust and wood-waste generated by the manufacturing processes.
 
The company addressed RoSEFF for financing of this project. The final project comprised a steam boiler, a steam turbine and auxiliary equipment.
 
The RoSEFF team performed the analysis of the proposed technology, its potential for energy savings, financial-technical parameters and profitability of the project.
 
The €1,192,241 investment allows the company to produce enough heat for own wood drying process (19,204 MW per year) and stop purchasing the heat from the grid, leading to savings. Part of the generated electricity (2,402 MW per year) will be consumed for own needs, while the rest will be sold into the grid. The investment will repay from energy savings only in just 3 years.
 
This project allows the company to significantly reduce its energy and operational costs, have a secure and efficient energy supply and, what is more important, become energy independent.
 
It is a good example of wise utilization of own resources, wastes in particular.
 
This way, the EBRD and RoSEFF support the sustainable financing and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects by the private sector. Together, the private, residential, and public sectors can make a change in the energy consumption patterns and environmental protection.
 
15 Mar 2016