Product portfolio

Transforming a fossil-fueled world into a clean energy future.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of climate-neutral technologies for heat and power generation from biomass, we integrate sustainability with industry. Additionally, we specialise in torrefaction and carbonisation plants for biochar production.

We offer innovative solutions that are tailored to the needs of our customers. From the conception to the turnkey system, we offer everything from a single source - the latest system technology for maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
 

poly combustion

Drawing on decades of expertise, Polytechnik provides highly efficient moving step grate furnaces, ensuring optimal combustion of various biomass types with minimal emissions. Our product portfolio includes systems with outputs ranging from 1 MW to individual boiler outputs of 30 MW thermal. We manufacture warm water and hot water boilers, hot air, steam and thermal oil boiler systems. Our combined heat and power plants primarily utilise superheated steam and thermal oil. Our extensive experience is reflected in the over 3,000 systems we have constructed worldwide.

Combustion technology

Our fully automatic fuel control ensures the optimal distribution of biomass throughout the combustion system. The fuel is pre-dried within the system for efficient degassing and subsequent combustion in the system. Specially adapted air and flue gas fans for each zone provide precise temperature control and effectively mix pyrolysis and combustion gases with oxygen. This results in complete burnout, minimal emissions and maximum efficiency.

Combustion systems

  • Air and water-cooled reciprocating flat and step grates
  • Underfeed stoker systems and combinations

Boiler technology

To efficiently transfer the energy of the hot flue gases in the combustion chamber to the heat utilisation system, Polytechnik offers a robust and durable range of boiler systems. Our boilers are designed to ensure maximum efficiency across the entire load range while guaranteeing low operating and maintenance costs. The heat exchangers are equipped with automatic heating surface cleaning systems to maintain optimal performance.

Boiler types

  • Water and smoke tube boilers
  • Thermal oil boiler
  • Single, double and multi-pass design

Input Material

We work with a diverse array of tried-and-tested fuels, enabling us to implement the most economically viable system for each fuel type.

Agricultural residues
Bamboo
Bark
Coconut fibres
Forest residues
Miscanthus
Nutshells
Peeling chips
Sawdust
Shredded wood
Sieve overflow
Waste wood
Wood briquettes
Wood chips
Wood pellets
Wood shavings

Technical media

Polytechnik’s warm and hot water generation systems are not only used in industry (to supply drying kilns in the timber industry, for instance) but also extensively in local and district heating systems for municipalities and cities. Our domestic hot water (DHW) generation systems operate in the 90-110°C range, while our hot water (HW) systems supply temperatures from 110°C to 200°C.

These systems use flue gases from biomass combustion to produce hot air or hot gas. This can be achieved either directly by mixing flue gas in mixing chambers (hot gas) or indirectly by using mixing chambers and heat exchangers (hot air). Hot gas systems can reach medium temperatures between 130°C and approximately 950°C, while hot air systems achieve temperatures between approximately 100°C and 350°C.

Superheated steam is created by heating steam above its saturation temperature through additional flue gas heating in the superheater. Depending on the input material, our biomass power plants can generate superheated steam with temperatures of up to 475°C. This superheated steam is typically directed to a steam turbine to generate power.

Our process steam systems reliably and efficiently supply steam to steam-processing sectors ranging from the veneer, food and brewing industries to the dairy, cosmetics, aircraft and paper industries. Our process steam systems convert biogenic residues into steam of the required quality and quantity. We offer a wide range of solutions, from low-pressure steam boilers to high-pressure and hot steam boilers.

Our thermal oil systems are tailored to meet the specific requirements and operating temperatures of our customers’ processes, utilising either mineral or synthetic oils as their energy source. Polytechnik’s thermal oil systems are employed not only in combined heat and power plants but also across various industrial sectors. These sectors use thermal oil for heating, drying and other technological processes, such as veneer pressing. The thermal oil systems we offer are compatible with both mineral and syn

Combined heat and power (CHP) plants are an efficient and cost-effective way to generate both heat and power from biogenic residues. This dual generation can be achieved through the use of a steam turbine or an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) turbine.

Trigeneration extends the capabilities of combined heat and power generation. In biomass power plants, a portion of the heat from the condenser downstream of the turbine is typically utilised to operate an adsorption chiller for cooling purposes. Trigeneration thus enables the simultaneous production of power, heat and cooling.

poly gasification

PolyHeld
is the combustion technology of the future. Extreme air staging techniques facilitate the clean and efficient combustion of various fuels while minimising emissions.

The PolyHeld system delivers an exceptionally efficient heat supply solution, catering to low output ranges from 400 kW to 3 MW. By integrating a counterflow gasifier and precision staged combustion, we attain efficiencies surpassing 92%. Its unique design eliminates the need for supplementary flue gas cleaning, leading to substantial savings in operational costs. Notably, the PolyHeld system boasts an outstanding partial load capacity of as low as 25%. The PolyHeld system is particularly suitable for generating warm water, hot water and steam as well as for heating thermal oils.

  • Fuel versatility: wood and forestry residues and most woody fuels (with a moisture content of up to M45)
  • Efficiency: >92% (a 5% improvement over traditional systems)
  • NOx: 25% lower than conventional systems
  • Dust: <20mg/Nm3; 11% O2 (without additional exhaust gas cleaning)
  • Output range: 25-100%
  • Low maintenance costs

The cornerstone of the ReGaWatt-developed Kombi Power System is its counterflow gas generator, capable of delivering thermal outputs of 990 kW to 20,000 kW. Moreover, through a combined heat and power unit, it can produce an electrical output ranging from 250 kW to 5,000 kW. This robust and durable gasification technology boasts numerous advantages:

  • Extensive fuel versatility: biogenic residues such as waste wood, screenings and bark
  • Capable of operating at part-load (as low as 20%) and adjustable within minutes
  • No pre-drying necessary (w30 – w55)
  • Complete burnout = clean ash

With its modular design, the Kombi Power System offers customisable solutions tailored to each customer’s requirements, facilitating the versatile production of power, heat, cooling, steam and synthesis gas for direct gas utilisation. Additionally, it yields bio-oil with a calorific value comparable to heating oil, ideal for heat generation and temporary storage to offset peak demands (can be stored for up to 6 months).

Input Material

We work with a diverse array of tried-and-tested fuels, enabling us to implement the most economically viable system for each fuel type.

Bamboo
Bark
Coconut fibres
Forest residues
Miscanthus
Nutshells
Shredded wood
Sieve overflow
Waste wood
Wood briquettes
Wood chips
Wood pellets

Technical media

Polytechnik’s warm and hot water generation systems are not only used in industry (to supply drying kilns in the timber industry, for instance) but also extensively in local and district heating systems for municipalities and cities. Our domestic hot water (DHW) generation systems operate in the 90-110°C range, while our hot water (HW) systems supply temperatures from 110°C to 200°C.

These systems use flue gases from biomass combustion to produce hot air or hot gas. This can be achieved either directly by mixing flue gas in mixing chambers (hot gas) or indirectly by using mixing chambers and heat exchangers (hot air). Hot gas systems can reach medium temperatures between 130°C and approximately 950°C, while hot air systems achieve temperatures between approximately 100°C and 350°C.

Superheated steam is created by heating steam above its saturation temperature through additional flue gas heating in the superheater. Depending on the input material, our biomass power plants can generate superheated steam with temperatures of up to 475°C. This superheated steam is typically directed to a steam turbine to generate power.

Our process steam systems reliably and efficiently supply steam to steam-processing sectors ranging from the veneer, food and brewing industries to the dairy, cosmetics, aircraft and paper industries. Our process steam systems convert biogenic residues into steam of the required quality and quantity. We offer a wide range of solutions, from low-pressure steam boilers to high-pressure and hot steam boilers.

Our thermal oil systems are tailored to meet the specific requirements and operating temperatures of our customers’ processes, utilising either mineral or synthetic oils as their energy source. Polytechnik’s thermal oil systems are employed not only in combined heat and power plants but also across various industrial sectors. These sectors use thermal oil for heating, drying and other technological processes, such as veneer pressing. The thermal oil systems we offer are compatible with both mineral and syn

Combined heat and power (CHP) plants are an efficient and cost-effective way to generate both heat and power from biogenic residues. This dual generation can be achieved through the use of a steam turbine or an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) turbine.

Trigeneration extends the capabilities of combined heat and power generation. In biomass power plants, a portion of the heat from the condenser downstream of the turbine is typically utilised to operate an adsorption chiller for cooling purposes. Trigeneration thus enables the simultaneous production of power, heat and cooling.

poly carbonisation

With our proprietary technology, we design and construct production plants for biochar applications with carbon content reaching up to 97%. Our process employs pyrolysis, in which biomass is heated in the absence of air, utilising an automated batch process. The waste gases and pollutants generated during carbonisation are thermally recycled within a closed-loop system. The excess energy produced can be used thermally or converted into power. The entire production process – from raw material delivery to biochar processing – is highly automated and operates on a 24/7 shift basis. Polytechnik offers plants with annual production capacities ranging from 3,000 to 9,000 tonnes.

Torrefaction

Our specialised combustion unit enables the lean gas produced during torrefaction to be utilised in addition to the solid fuel.

Polytechnik’s torrefaction plants are the latest addition to our product portfolio. These plants have an annual production capacity of up to 60,000 tonnes, converting various types of solid biomass into a dimensionally stable, easily transportable and storable product through pyrolysis at around 300°C in the absence of air. The energy released during this process that is not needed for the torrefaction can be harnessed to generate hot water or steam or to heat thermal oil, depending on customer requirements.
Torrefied material can be used as a substitute for fossil coal in numerous applications, such as the steel industry. We customise our torrefaction plants to meet specific customer requirements, particularly regarding the input material. This customisation ensures an optimised performance and enhances economic efficiency for our clients.

Input Material

We work with a diverse array of tried-and-tested fuels, enabling us to implement the most economically viable system for each fuel type.

Agricultural residues
Bamboo
Bark
Coconut fibres
Forest residues
Miscanthus
Nutshells
Peeling chips
Sawdust
Shredded wood
Sieve overflow
Waste wood
Wood briquettes
Wood chips
Wood pellets
Wood shavings

Technical media

Polytechnik’s warm and hot water generation systems are not only used in industry (to supply drying kilns in the timber industry, for instance) but also extensively in local and district heating systems for municipalities and cities. Our domestic hot water (DHW) generation systems operate in the 90-110°C range, while our hot water (HW) systems supply temperatures from 110°C to 200°C.

These systems use flue gases from biomass combustion to produce hot air or hot gas. This can be achieved either directly by mixing flue gas in mixing chambers (hot gas) or indirectly by using mixing chambers and heat exchangers (hot air). Hot gas systems can reach medium temperatures between 130°C and approximately 950°C, while hot air systems achieve temperatures between approximately 100°C and 350°C.

Superheated steam is created by heating steam above its saturation temperature through additional flue gas heating in the superheater. Depending on the input material, our biomass power plants can generate superheated steam with temperatures of up to 475°C. This superheated steam is typically directed to a steam turbine to generate power.

Our process steam systems reliably and efficiently supply steam to steam-processing sectors ranging from the veneer, food and brewing industries to the dairy, cosmetics, aircraft and paper industries. Our process steam systems convert biogenic residues into steam of the required quality and quantity. We offer a wide range of solutions, from low-pressure steam boilers to high-pressure and hot steam boilers.

Our thermal oil systems are tailored to meet the specific requirements and operating temperatures of our customers’ processes, utilising either mineral or synthetic oils as their energy source. Polytechnik’s thermal oil systems are employed not only in combined heat and power plants but also across various industrial sectors. These sectors use thermal oil for heating, drying and other technological processes, such as veneer pressing. The thermal oil systems we offer are compatible with both mineral and syn

Combined heat and power (CHP) plants are an efficient and cost-effective way to generate both heat and power from biogenic residues. This dual generation can be achieved through the use of a steam turbine or an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) turbine.

Trigeneration extends the capabilities of combined heat and power generation. In biomass power plants, a portion of the heat from the condenser downstream of the turbine is typically utilised to operate an adsorption chiller for cooling purposes. Trigeneration thus enables the simultaneous production of power, heat and cooling.

Service offerings

The planning and construction of biomass plants is often complex, and not just from a technical point of view. We support our customers in all phases from plant design, implementation to operation, and beyond. We offer the following services, among others:
  • Customised system design (in accordance with emission and approval regulations and available residual material flows/biomasses)
  • Combustion tests and CFD simulations (for special fuel types)
  • Process engineering design and planning
  • Detailed 3D planning of the entire system
  • Detail and production drawings, as well as calculations of important individual components
  • Production in our own Polytechnik factories and by selected and long-standing partners
    Global logistics
  • System installation (site management or complete responsibility)
  • Piping and electrical installation and system insulation
  • System testing and commissioning
  • Operator training and system handover
  • System service and optimisation
    PolyService
  • Fully automated control and regulation, programmable logic controller (PLC) for efficient system operation
  • Specially developed model-based control (MBR) for operating cost savings of 3 to 5%
  • Process and system visualisation (combustion chamber cameras, remote operation, archiving of measured values and messages in process database)

References

Technology
  • PolyCombustion
  • PolyGasification
  • PolyCarbonisation
Input material
  • Bark
  • Biomass Residues
  • Dust
  • Forrest Residues
  • Hogfuel
  • Production Residues
  • Sawdust
  • Shavings
  • Waste wood A1/A2
  • Woodchips
Technical system
  • CHP Steam
  • CHP Thermal oil
  • Hot air
  • Hot water
  • Process steam
  • Thermal oil
  • Warm water
Country
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Hungary
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Swiss
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
Industry
  • Aviation industry
  • Biochar production
  • Contracting
  • Dairy
  • District heating
  • Energy
  • Food and beverage
  • Green coal production
  • Healthcare
  • Horticulture
  • Infrastructure
  • Pellet production
  • Process energy
  • Recycling
  • Sawmill
  • Torrefaction
  • Utility
  • Woodworking
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Airbus

Boiler output
  • 13,500 kW
Combustion system
  • Hydraulic step grate
Input material
  • Woodchips
Construction
  • 2013
Location
  • France
Technology
  • PolyCombustion
Technical system
  • Process steam
Industry
  • Aviation industry

Pan Pac

Boiler output
  • 7,000 kW
Combustion system
  • Hydraulic step grate
Input material
  • Bark
  • Hogfuel
  • Sawdust
  • Woodchips
Construction
  • 2016
Location
  • New Zealand
Technology
  • PolyCombustion
Technical system
  • Hot water
Industry
  • Sawmill

British Gas Duffryn

Boiler output
  • 2,500 kW
Combustion system
  • Hydraulic step grate
Input material
  • Bark
  • Hogfuel
  • Woodchips
Construction
  • 2016
Location
  • Great Britain
  • United Kingdom
Technology
  • PolyCombustion
Technical system
  • Warm water
Industry
  • District heating

Burwood Hospital

Boiler output
  • 2,000 kW and 2x 4,000 kW
  • 2,000 kW und 2x 4,000 kW
Combustion system
  • Hydraulic step grate
Input material
  • Bark
  • Hogfuel
  • Woodchips
Construction
  • 2016
Location
  • New Zealand
Technology
  • PolyCombustion
Technical system
  • Process steam
Industry
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
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