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In November 2018, the European ARBAHEAT consortium launched a research project to investigate the conversion of the ENGIE Ultra-SuperCritical coal-fired Rotterdam power plant into a biomass-fired heat and power plant.

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The innovative technology used to produce the required steam treated biomass has been developed by the Norwegian company Arbaflame AS.

The goal of this showcase is to investigate the technical possibilities of cost-effectively converting the coal-fired power plant into a flexible 100% sustainable biomass-fired plant, which will be able to deliver sustainable electricity as well as sustainable heat.

Project partners:

  • PNO, Netherlands
  • ENGIE, Netherlands
  • ARBAFLAME, Norway
  • TNO, Netherlands
  • SINTEF, Norway
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
  • Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • University of Bergen, Norway

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For this project, the consortium will receive over € 19 million EU funding from H2020, IA – Innovation action.


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Project duration

2018 - 2022