The DCO Albany Green Energy Biomass Project is a 50 megawatt, wood-fired renewable power facility capable of generating 425,000 pounds of steam per hour and is primarily used to supply Proctor & Gamble with renewable energy. ESI of Tennessee (ESI) is designing and building this USD 200 million facility consisting of a biomass boiler, a condensing steam turbine generator, and a condenser.
Structural and stress analyses were key to the facility’s design. ESI used STAAD.Pro to analyze the 2,400 tons of structural components in the largest boiler, and AutoPIPE to test the stresses of high pressure and heat on the pipe system. STAAD.Pro and AutoPIPE saved ESI a combined 700 resource hours on the project.
This project was a nominee in the Power Generation category of the 2016 Year in Infrastructure Awards, now known as the Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure.