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LINCOLN - GAME Engineering Ltd are regarded as one of the leading materials processing and handling engineering companies specialising in the Biomass Handling for Fuel Generation.
Working with some of the key players in the power industry, GAME design, manufacture and install solutions in Biomass, Renewable and Alternative Fuels sector.
With a team of highly professional engineers who understand the changes in the ever stringent legislation, GAME can implement these into their client’s production facilities.
The expertise that GAME hold in turnkey solutions and CAD Design means that they have fast become leaders in innovative Biomass Handling solutions offering services to design, construct, upgrade, refurbish, extend or improve processing facilities.
Clients that GAME has worked with in the Biomass Handling & Fuel Generation sector include CMB Engineering Ltd, Drax Power Ltd, Edgar F. Shepherd, Verdo Renewables Ltd, RWE Npower Plc, Southern Electric Contracting Ltd and Wood Energy Ltd.
A recent job that GAME were involved in was to design and install a biomass production plant for processing wood pellets and briquettes.
GAME were instructed to mechanically design and install the biomass production plant for processing virgin timber, which would produce 8mm wood pellets and briquettes for both domestic and industrial use. The plant was housed in a redundant distribution warehouse with limited height, so the design constraints were taxing.
The design had to meet planning and building constraints and be completed to a preset budget which required innovative design to fit the equipment into an existing building, which meant pits needed to be dug and steel lines cast in as the water table was just below the floor slab.
The plant was required to produce 8 tonnes per hour of wood pellets and 3.2 tonnes per hour of domestic briquettes, which are all automatically packed, palletised and wrapped ready for putting into storage ready for distribution.
GAME’s experience with handling numerous raw materials assisted the customer in designing and planning his new plant layout. Any of these raw materials in there various forms of density and moisture can cause their own unique problems. Whether it be wood chip which can be very moist with up to 65% moisture, which causes blockages within conveyors. These conveyors have to be sized correctly to avoid this.
Another example of the work GAME has been involved in within the Biomass industry is when they were commissioned to exchange a client’s existing 8 T.P.H drum dryer to a larger capacity 15 T.P.H drum ready for future expansion.
This work included the project management removal of redundant equipment and installation of the new equipment along with modifying the feed system to include and weigh screw measuring wet wood to the drum.
With GAME’s previous experience on the site and the tight timescales required for the project completion, GAME were appointed as project managers. The project was allocated 16 weeks from shut down to the new drier and all associated works completed ready for production.
The project was delivered on time and within budget and the commissioning results have proved positive on the performance, production and energy savings and confirmed the tight constraints of the installation period did not compromise performance or quality.
A final example of GAME’s knowledge and experience was shown when they were approached to design and install an intake, transfer and distribution system to handle 100cu.m/hr of woodchip for the prison service.
The system was required to handle 100cu.m/hr of G50W50, delivered in 30cu.m tipper trailers. The main issues of the project were the confined space in which to fit the equipment into and protection against oversize material entering the system.
Selection of the materials handling equipment was crucial, shaftless screw conveyors were chosen due to vast running experience on various woodchip grades and their built-in design features allowing out of spec material to go through the system without causing equipment damage and the ability to convey material vertically, keeping the system footprint to an absolute minimum.
The delivery vehicle reverses up to the external below ground intake pit. From the intake pit, protected using a hinged weather cover, the woodchip is withdrawn using a double shafted screw discharger, and transferred to the pre-cast storage bunker using a series of horizontal and a vertical shaftless screw conveyors. The woodchip is dropped into the bunker from two distribution conveyors with multiple intermediate outlets; ensuring maximum storage capacity is reached.
The contract was carried out as a sub-contract project complete with controls, site electrics and maintenance access platforms as required.
The project was delivered on time ready for full commissioning and with-in budget.
Alan Thomson, Contracts Engineer at CMB Engineering commented“Game Engineering provided a wood chip handling system and storage chamber. GAME took on board the design of all facets of this wood chip intake and transfer distribution system, manufacturing all required equipment, controls and access walkways and installed all the plant and equipment. They proved themselves up to the job and able to respond to a fast track programme to ensure the plant was operational on time”.
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GAME Engineering Ltd are leading materials processing and handling engineers, offering bespoke and innovative plant solutions to numerous sectors ranging from pet food to biomass fuel generation. GAME provides solutions on time and on budget.