FLI Energy Review
Waterford, Ireland, based FLI Energy offer turnkey installation of both “agri” and “industrial” scale AD facilities. They are partnered by HoSt bv, a Dutch company who report that they have designed, installed and commissioned between 30 and 40 plants across Europe from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Latvia, Romania and Poland. HoSt provide FLI Energy with technical support and process design consultancy.
FLI Energy commissioned their first plant in the UK (Hereford) at the end of 2011. They are currently in the construction phase of their second plant in Talgarth, at present (July 2012). FLI Energy have contracts in place to begin construction on three further plants (0.5MWe – 3.0MWe) in the East of England I the 2nd half of 2012. They also have a 0.5MW farm based project in Northern Ireland in contract and due to begin in coming months.
The business appears to combine Irish construction skills with the maturity of design experience which the Dutch partner would be able to provide.
The company has released the following details about its offering:
FLI Energy designs, installs and commissions anaerobic digestion plants capable of processing a variety of feedstocks including agricultural products, food wastes and a wide range of organic commercial and industrial wastes and by-products. We provide site specific designs which are efficient, reliable and economic. Our technology selection and process design is project and customer led, we are not limited to a “one size fits all” approach. We offer a range of technology solutions and can call upon a wide variety of operational project references.
Their special “claim to fame” to remember them by is that their plants and feeding systems are designed to be very flexible and can accept a wide variety of feedstocks. Also they say that their designs can easily accommodate future expansion, which can be very advantageous if after a few years of operation and revenue generation the operators have the opportunity to process a greater volume of feedstock or an alternative co-digest an additional feed material and thereby raise the profitability of the AD plant..
We are sure that this adaptability bonus they speak of will be a big selling point. The AD scene is evolving so rapidly that most clients will be anxious that when they choose a technology provider to ensure that the plant will be flexible, and up-gradable.
Their Waste to Energy plant design includes stages of homogenisation and hygenisation before the feedstock enters the (wet AD) digestion reactor. In addition, their flow diagrams also show attention to odour control as a specific function which is shown on their flow diagram, within their brochure.
We assume that their processes operate in the mesophilic temperature range, and they also provide batch flow dry (solid phase) digestion technology and lagoon type digesters within their expertise.