Boiler houses

MENERT-THERM, Ltd. operates two boiler houses in Šala, The Slovak Republic (streets: Kukučínová and Pázmaňa).

The company, as one of the first, carried out reconstruction of gas boiler houses by changing the fuel base to renewable energy resource such as straw.

The reconstruction was carried out in 2006, 30 mil. SKK were invested. The company used the option of non-recurring financial help from structural funds of the EU. This fact helped to reduce the price of heat by 20% compared to previous periods.

The boiler house with wood chips as an operating fuel

The boiler house on Pázmaňa street in Šala uses wood chips as a fuel base. The installed boiler for the burning of wood chips provides 1,5 Mw of power. It provides heat and hot water for apartments and businesses.

Wood is the most commonly used biomass. Wood as a fuel comes in several versions – such as lump wood, wood waste (wood chips and wood pellets) and it can be grown as a special energetic plant e.g. willow.

The boiler house with straw as an operating fuel

The company, as one of the first, carried out the reconstruction of gas boiler houses by changing the fuel base to renewable energy resource such as straw.The installed boiler for the burning of wood chips provides 1,5 Mw of power.

Straw is one of the most suitable kinds of biomass and its use as an energy source is increasing rapidly. With the low amount of annual precipitation in the low-lying areas of southern Slovakia, straw provides great potential in heat production.

For straw to be suitable for burning in boilers its humidity should not be over 20%.

Straw, as an alternative energy source, represents a perspective product in the process of biomass use. This is beneficial from several points of view such as easy access, good fuel efficiency and it is environmentally friendly as well.