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Sustainable and energy efficient Danish district heating solution

BROEN District Energy

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BROEN Ballomax® delivers a proven solution to the energy challenge

District heating plays an important part in Danish energy supply and is part of a balanced national energy plan to reduce carbon emissions and the use of finite resources in Denmark.

A small town in the Northern part of Denmark sets a high standard for efficient district heating and presents a sustainable and efficient solution distributing clean and efficient energy to around 2,000 private households in the town of Aabybro. In 1986 the plant Aabybro Fjernvarme (Aabybro District Heating Plant) switched from oil to wood chips based heating and in April 2016 a brand new energy efficient plant was inaugurated. The plant is established as a cooperative, where the customers are also the owners of the plant.

The significant design of the new plant included functionality and process flow as key design parameters. The building follows the shape of the main boiler – technical dimensions have determined the architecture, which adds a significant profile to the otherwise surrounding flat landscape. The plates of a large heat exchanger is where the heat from Kathrine is transferred to the outside circuit distributing heated water for the town and the connected local industrial plants. In a closed loop the water circulates back to the plant, where it is again heated up in the heat exchanger, distributed to the households and then the recirculation continues – driven by the pump station of the heating plant.

In the pump station the BROEN Ballomax® ball valves play an important role as reliable and efficient shut off valves for controlling the flow through the different pipelines, where a valuable stream of hot water supplies the town of Aabybro with hot water. Giant amounts of water push through the components every day and long lasting reliability is required for any opening and closing mechanism. With temperatures around 165°C shutting the valves tightly and efficiently on and off in order to direct the flow efficiently is very important and no downtime or leakages are accepted.

All BROEN Ballomax® ball valves are tested according to PED module H to secure they will perform satisfactorily over their entire lifetime. Each and every component has been carefully designed.

The spindle of a BROEN Ballomax® valve is mounted from the inside and cannot be ejected and there is minimal maintenance of a BROEN Ballomax valve body as no parts require replacement or lubrication.

Only a yearly activation is recommended to secure that the ball does not get stuck in the retainer – this means a minimum of work for the customer. Inside the valve the control of the media is provided by a stainless steel ball closing against selflubricating seats to secure superior sealing and low friction – which again means that closing and opening require relatively little torque and small dimensioning of gears and activation. The floating ball is selfcentering and the seats are backed up with springs and retainers to ensure constant contact pressure between the ball and the seat. BROEN Ballomax® allows a maximal handle turn of 90°.

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BROEN Ballomax® valves are used in the distribution system towards the town and Plant Manager at Aabybro Fjernvarme, Torben Stenbroen explains: ”I want to have the same quality of valves in the distribution to the town, as I have in the plant and here quality was a deciding parameter in the construction phase. In general we aim for one supplierand service interface for all valves. With BROEN Ballomax® we hope to get long lasting quality and reliability in our distribution system too”. For the town of Aabybro BROEN has supplied valves for installation both above and below ground, isolated flexible main stop valves for house inlets as well as wellvalves combining two valves in one well.

BROEN can supply a comprehensive range of valves for district heating distribution grids and plants: installation above or below ground, floating or trunnion mounted balls, valves for steam, installation in wells or twin valves, gears, actuation and extensions.

For further information and relevant contact information please see: www.broen.com

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